By Sab Osuji:
There appears no end yet in sight for relegated Heartland of Owerri as two factional chairmen struggle for the soul of the once dreaded Naze Millionaires, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Days after the appointment of a Cameroonian, Emma Deutsch as the coach of the club to help steer the club back to the elite league, ostensibly, by the the supervisor of the club and Deputy Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Hon. Ugonna Ozuruigbo, another factional chairman, Hon.
Goodfaith Etuemena has countered the purported appointment, claiming he knew nothing about it.
Etuemena said in a statement on Thursday which was made available to completesportsnigeria.com by Cajetan
Nkwopara, Etuemena who is called ‘Bash’, said both himself and the body of Heartland FC management were
neither aware nor party to the hiring of the Cameroonian gaffer who was dropped as Heartland FC’s goalkeeper
trainer before the team picked ticket to
feature in the CAF Champions League competition in 2009.
“This action represents the first direct attempt to factionalize our darling team and turn it into another political movement,” the statement quoted Etuemena as saying.
“But I would plead with Nigerian football stakeholders to reject and resist it.
“As a matter of fact, we have a team of seasoned coaches handling the team at the moment and if we need to change
any of them, we’ll go for coaches with greater pedigree,” he said.
Etuemena who took over as chairman of Heartland on July 25th 2016, also complained that the companies (such
as OZB Communications) whose logos appeared on the backdrop used for the unveiling of Deutsch by the other faction of Heartland FC Management, have no sponsorship, partnership or affiliation with Heartland FC.
"I have said it severally, that as long as my Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly is able to understand and focus on his role, I’m ready and willing to work with him.
“I'm not a man of crises, I’m for peace any day,” he emphasized.