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Siasia hands off Heartland

By Solomon Nwoke
Newly appointed Eagles’ coach, Samson Siasia at the weekend bid Heartland of Owerri goodbye to concentrate on the assignment of rebuilding the national team.


Though he was present at the Dan Ayiam Stadium yesterday when Heartland beat Niger Tornadoes 2-1 in the second week of the Nigeria Premier League, Siasia was not on the bench. He refused to respond to inquiry about his future with the club. But Heartland General Manager, Fan Ndubuoke remarked that the club and Siasia have said a sad goodbye.

“We have no choice but to let him go. The national team comes first, we only have to sit down with the Nigeria Football Federation to sort out monetary issues,”said Ndubuoke.

Siasia took charged of Heartland just before the CAF Champions League group games in June. He did not fulfil his promise of leading Heartland to the final of the continental soccer showpiece won by TP Mazembe the same team Heartland played in the final last year.

Heartland overwhelmed visiting Tornadoes with goals from Okey Nwadike and Osaze Okoro the younger brother of Stanley Okoro. Nwadike opened scoring in the 8th minute, while Okoro closed Heartland account in the 52nd minute.

Chibuzor Ojigwe fired home a consolation goal for Tornadoes in the 70th minute to round off a game that was lack luster. Heartland team manager, Promise Nwachukwu explained that the team was facing the Owerri crowd for the first time this season and that was why the players appeared jittery.

“Most of the boys are new, but by our next game against Warri Wolves will would have settled down to play good football,”said Nwachukwu.


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