Heartland’s new technical adviser, Lodewijk de Kruif, will soon replace caretaker coach, Christian Chukwu.
The club’s media officer, Cajetan Nkwopara, told SuperSport.com that the newly recruited Dutch tactician has been understudying Chukwu and would soon be in charge of team.
“Kruif sat with Chukwu during the Heartland game. Chukwu is still doing gradual hand_over and the Dutchman has confessed benefitting immensely from Chukwu, who has shown no interest in having a permanent job
“Chukwu is contented with the rescue mission he was asked to do,” he said.
Nkwopara applauded the team for their impressive performance at Rangers despite losing 0_1 in the rescheduled week 18 premier league match.
The defeat leaves Heartland with 26 points and 10th on the log while Rangers moved up to the fourth position with 30 points and a superior goal difference of plus eight.
Rangers’ lone goal came in the 12th minute off the foot of Brendan Ogbu.
“We lost gallantry, I am proud of my boys, they demonstrated the Heartland stuff. They gave good account of themselves; Rangers knew they met a good side. I think Rangers are luckier to have taken their lone chance,” he stated
The Naze Millionaires will play Sharks on Sunday at the Dan Anyiam stadium, Owerri to bring to an end the first stanza of the 2010/2011 premier league season, an encounter Nkwopara said it is a must win for the Owerri based side at least to keep the club’s history intact.
“We will play Sharks next at Owerri and we will try to get a better result in the game. Statistics wise, we never go below the 29 or 30 points in the mid season, although at the end of the season we usually finish third or fourth.
“We are on course, we will double our efforts. Our team has shown class, as a team capable of representing Nigeria at the continent, I know by the time we enter the second round everything will be in place,” Nkwopara said to SuperSport.com