Controversies Trail Appointment Of New Heartland FC Technical Adviser

Controversies Trail Appointment Of New Heartland FC Technical AdviserControversies have continued to trail the recent appointment of the new Technical Adviser of Heartland FC Owerri, Coach Emmanuel Deutsch.

The chairman of Heartland Football Club, Mr Goodfaith Etuemena, says the appointment of Deutsch was done without his knowledge and the appointment did not also follow due process.

He insisted that appointment of a new technical adviser is uncalled for and unwarranted as the club still has a standing head coach in Mr Ramson Madu.

He argued that the club’s self-acclaimed supervisor, in person of the Deputy Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Mr Ugonna Ozuruigbo, has no power to unveil a coach without his knowledge.

He said that since the club went on relegation last season, the management has been doing everything possible to ensure that the club bounces back stronger and with the new development, Heartland FC might be seeing a big setback especially with the role of the supervisor who is trying to usurp the office of the Chairman of Heartland.

“Whatever my supervisor is doing, I wasn’t informed. Nobody informed me. I don’t think we need a technical adviser now (because) we already have one in the person of Coach Ramson Madu, and he’s comfortable.

“If we need a technical adviser, it is something we have to sit down and discuss, considering the state of the club at the moment.

“I’m trying to make sure we succeed. We are doing all we can to ensure we get back to premiership, (and) we have started screening and it’s been successful, so I don’t know where the appointment of new technical adviser comes in,” Etuemena said.

Heartland Football Club finished 18th in the just concluded season making the club go on relegation for the first time since its creation.

NPFL: Ikorodu United Coach Praises Players For Victory Over Heartland

Ikorodu United-Heartland-NPFLCoach of Ikorodu United, Sam Okpodu, has described his team’s 3-1 victory over Heartland FC in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) as a reward for the hard work of his players.

Ikorodu United sits at the bottom of the league table and winless in their previous 11 games before the match against Heartland but bounced back from a goal down to stun their opponents from Owerri at the Agege Stadium in a Match Day 14 clash of the NPFL.

Okpodu believes it is a good motivation for the team: “These boys can play when the conditions are right and I am delighted that they rose to the occasion today.

“These boys will take the league by storm (and) all we need is to get our confidence right and people will see what we can do.

“The fans were just fantastic and we appreciate the support given to us today,” he added.

The Lagos based team were pegged back by the Naze Millionaires for most part of the first half.

Heartland’s possession was useful in the 10th minute when Anthony Oussou scored through a header after a flowing move.

The Ikorodu boys were struggling to stop the flowing play of the visitors.

What would have been Heartland’s second goal was wasted by Bright Ejike, whose header went over the bar.

An indication of what was to come came with five minutes to go in the first half when Moses Ebiye flashed a shot from outside the box with Heartland goalkeeper, Philip Acho struggling to save.

The game sparked into life in added time of the first half when Ikorodu United striker, Merenini Junior’s goal ensured that both side went into the break tied at 1-1.

A more confident Ikorodu United team made sure that Heartland’s attack on their goal was reduced to long range efforts as Ebiye put the home team ahead against the run of play in the 66th minute.

Any hope of a fightback by the Naze Millionaires ended when Zoumana Doumbia received a red card for his foul on Ebiye in the box while Ojukwu Ifegwu stepped up to score with seven minutes to the end of the game.

Ikorodu United has gathered just nine points from 14 games and up next for them in the league is an away game against Kano Pillars.

Sunshine Stars’ Recent League Form Excites Ogbeide

Sunshine StarsSunshine Stars Techinical Adviser, Solomon Ogbeide, wants his side to continue a push for a continental ticket in the Nigeria Professional Football League.

The Akure club side beat Nasarawa United 3-0 in a rescheduled game at the Akure Township Stadium.

Okiki Afolabi converted a 34th-minute penalty to put the Owena Waves in front before Samad Kadiri made in 2-0 in the 51st minute.

Afolabi completed his brace in the 59th minute to complete a comprehensive win for the hosts.

Sunshine Stars, who have now gone seven games unbeaten, are 12th on the NPFL table while Nasarawa United are 16th.

Meanwhile, Enyimba’s defender Chinedu Udoji, has described the defending champions’ 1-1 draw against Heartland in the oriental derby as a fair game.

The two-time African champions, remain in 19th place on the NPFL standings with 13 points from nine matches.

Enyimba took the lead after 27 minutes through striker Peter Onyekachi while former Enyimba star Ifeanyi Onuigbo got the equaliser in the 31st minute.

NPFL: Enyimba, Heartland Match Ends 1-1

NPFL-Enyimba FC-Heartland FCThe Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match between Enyimba FC and Heartland FC has ended in a 1-1 draw.

According to players from both team, they played their heart out and luckily, the game ended in a draw and promised to do better in the next outing.

The match played at Umuahia Township in Abia State had supporters from both clubs cheering their team up.

Speaking during a pep talk with Enyimba FC before the match, Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, commended their effort and resilience so far.

He promised that all their entitlements would be settled soon, expressing optimism that the team would make the state proud in the CAF competition.

Teams React To NPFL Matchday Nine Results

NPFL - Heartland FC - Giwa FC - Rivers United - Ikorodu UnitedRivers United coach, Stanley Eguma, is relieved with his side’s 3-2 victory against Ikorodu United at the Onikan Stadium in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.

Coach Eguma who was recently handed a three-match ultimatum said that he hopes the team would consolidate on the away victory.

Reacting to his team’s performance in the Day-9 fixture of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), the technical adviser of Ikorodu United, Sam Okpodu, admitted that the team was struggling.

According to Okpodu, the players are still learning how to handle top flight football.

Elsewhere, Giwa FC head coach said that his team must learn how to pick away points if they must fight for continental tickets this season.

The Jos based team suffered their third defeat in eight games following a 2-0 loss to Heartland FC in Owerri.

Heartland assistant coach, Mangut Mabwas, commended his side for handling the pressure to ensure his side recorded their third win of the season.

NPFL: Rangers Extend Lead, Ikorodu United’s Struggle Continues

NPFLMatchday nine of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) produced 21 goals (2.1 goals per game), six home wins, three draws and one away victory.

Enugu Rangers consolidated their lead on top of the league table to two points with a hard fought 2-1 win against oriental rivals Enyimba FC of Aba.

Joseph Osadiaye got the champions in front in the 14th minute, when he curled in Ikechukwu Ibenegbu’s lofty pass from the edge of the area. Godwin Aguda levelled terms for the Flying Antelopes in the 21st minute from a Bobby Clement assist. Clement again turned provider for Chisom Egubuchulam, who finished it with a fine goal eight minutes to the break.

In Owerri, Heartland FC saw off a difficult Giwa FC challenge with a 2-0 win, which saw Roland Koffi smashing home a cracker at the death.

Shagari Mohammed was the hero in Kano, providing assists for Prince Aggreh and Suleman Usman to slot in the goals in the 28th and 47th minutes respectively. Pillars move into second place on the log.

In Jos, MFM FC played 1-1 away to Plateau United. The result increases pressure on head coach, Zachary Baraje, who has been asked to spring results or face the music.

Federation Cup champions, Akwa United, held Wikki Tourists to a barren draw at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi, despite being without their technical adviser, Maurice Cooreman, who failed to travel with the team due to illness. The home side will have Godwin Obaje to blame for failing to convert outright opportunities in the opening half.

In Akure, Tope Orelope’s equalizer in the 63rd minute, appeared to have secured a point for Shooting Stars, but that was not the outcome, as the Akure Gunners snatched a late winner through Okiki Afolabi. Dele Olorundare also had a goal to his name in the sixth minute.

Elsewhere, Abia Warriors grabbed a narrow 1-0 win at home to Niger Tornadoes, at the Umuahia Township Stadium through Chisom Chikatara’s late goal. Ladan Bosso’s El-Kanemi side thrashed Nasarawa United 3-0 in Katsina, while Warri Wolves drew goalless with visiting Lobi Stars at the Warrior Township Stadium.

Rivers United appear to have finally found their rhythm, edging newcomers Ikorodu United in a five-goal thriller at the Onikan Waterfront.

Guy Kuemian got the visitors in front, in the ninth minute before the home side levelled terms through Ifegwu Ojukwu just before the quarter of an hour mark. Nonso Okonkwo and Wilson Andoh put the game beyond the Lagos side before the break, with stunning goals.

Ikorodu United’s late chase only aided them to reduce the deficit through Ojukwu, before end of proceedings. But Ojukwu’s brace proved too little to help them avoid a fifth defeat on the bounce as they drop to second from bottom.

After the game, new technical adviser, Sam Okpodu described the team as young and inexperienced.

”This team has a lot of learning to do and with time they will understand themselves and start getting the desired results” he concluded.

Federation Cup Draw: Heartland, Enyimba seeded

Nigerian Football Federation President, Aminu Maigari

FA Cup defending champions Heartland of Owerri and runners up Enyimba of Aba has been seeded in the Nigeria Football Federation Cup round of sixty.

The draw which was held in Abuja also saw Gombe United and ABS FC getting a bye to the round of 32 while Zamfara state is the only state without a representation as the state FA failed to organise state preliminaries.

Director Of Competitions of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mohammed Sanusi announced that the first round of matches would be played in the weekend of 25th and 26th while the second round matches will be played on the 29th and 30th of June.

President General of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo however appealed to the Nigeria Football Federation to build a data base for all clubs participating in the Federation Cup.

 

 

THE DRAW
KANO PILLARS VS NEMBE CITY,

LOBI STARS VS FLASH FLAMINGOS

DOLPHINS VS PLATEAU UNITED

SUNSHINE STARS VS JIMETA UNITED

KADUNA UNITED VS POLICE MACHINE, EKITI.

MAKWADA FC VS NIGER TORNADOES

WIKKI TOURIST VS PRIME FC

RANGERS VS HAJAIG,KAD

KWARA UTD VS MBAISE LIONS

RAISING STARS VS EL KANEMI

SHARKS VS TORNADOES FEEDERS

3SC VS FAME ACADEMY, LAG

AKWA UTD VS ZABGAI FC

JUTH FC  VS YOBE DESERT

CROWN VS FOUNTAIN FC

KOGI UTD VS FC ABUJA.

UNICEM ROVERS VS ALL STARS ACADEMY.

TARABA FC VS DYNAMITE FC

GATEWAY FC VS AKPABIO STARS

FIRST BANK VS DABO FC

SPOTLITE FC VS UMGBO AMBASSADORS FC.

CANAAN CITY VS FC EBIEDE.

WARRI WOLVES VS OLORUNDA  FC

ABIA WARRIOR VS POLICE MACHINE, FCT

SCORPION VS GAMJI FC

RANCH BEES VS NEHODA

SAMBA FC, ENUGU VS SAKABA

MBAISE LIONS VS KWARA UTD.

NASARAWA UNITED VS AJAX, SOKOTO