The New Look Heartland FC Is No Joke, Owerri Set To Return To The Zenith Of Nigerian Football
By Iwedi Ojinmah 3 months ago
There is a new wind of change blowing through Imo State and Owerri. It has brought with it a revitalization and a new spirit of hope as it has touched almost every aspect of life within the few months of arriving.
One such a recipient of this fortuitous transformation is the Heartland Football Club.
This fabled organisation which traces its roots all the way back to the Spartans and then on to Iwuanyanwu Nationale FC has gone on a massive spending spree to ensure it returns to the top of the NPFL, a place it once dominated and called its own.
First of all the club pulled off the ultimate coup when it secured the services of coach Fidelis Ilechukwu (below). The former MFM coach is without any doubt one of the brightest gaffers in the premier league and was wooed by several teams once he hinted he was looking for a new challenge after propelling MFM to become a major force in the Nigerian premiership.
Not content with this amazing feat the club's management pressed on with further blue-chip signings. Within weeks of Ilechukwu's signing the Naze Millionaires coaxed Super Eagles' netminder Ikechukwu Ezenwa to return to Owerri eight years after he left it for Port Harcourt.
Ezenwa (below) was the first player signing ahead of the 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, and he returns to the 5-time Nigerian champions determined to replicate the old glory days.
By obtaining his services so quickly one can see how determined and efficient Heartland is. As Ifeanyi Chukwudi, club GM put it, " This is a statement of intent, that Heartland is in for serious business and not business as usual."
Far from it, the team has also since then held assorted screening exercises throughout August at the Federal Polytechnic Nekede field, which was widely attended by all seeking to make the new team as walk-onsRelated: How The Igbo Flavoured Jamaica
Not to rest on their laurels the retooling continued with the acquisition of Edward Daddy Okoya (above) from the Yobe Desert Stars as well as other transfers that the Awareness can confirm are now actively being pursued.
With other already blossoming youngsters like the Flying Eagles' Samuel Nnoshiri (below), this is certainly going to be a team loaded with talent and one to watch. It will just be a matter of sooner than later that the Danyan Anyam Stadium will become an impenetrable fortress dressed in red and white and a place where other NPF teams will try and avoid at all costs.
Meanwhile we the fans, say a big thank you to the Governor, the new technical crew and the major decision-makers for this new and much-welcomed way forward.
Owerri football is on the cusp of returning to the Zenith of Nigerian Football.