Heartland’s caretaker coach, Christian Chukwu believes the club can finish the present league campaign among the top three. At the end of the first half of the premier league Heartland lie 12th on the 20_team log with 27 points from 19 matches and six points behind third placed Warri Wolves.
The former Nigerian and Kenyan head coach who is set to handover to newly contracted Dutch coach, Lodewijk de Kruif told SuperSport.com that the team must remain consistent so as to return to its glorious era.
“You will notice that the team recorded significant improvement towards the end of the first round.
Heartland is a big team that deserves to be among the best and I am confident that there will be changes in the second round. Heartland will make a bold statement in the second round.”
Chukwu lamented that the presence of 14 players in the various national teams have disrupted the club’s ambitious programmes.
“There is no way a team will have 14 players in different national teams and still do well. It is the biggest problem the club has to contend with. The frequent invitation of players has not helped us.
“Even when some return from one assignment the team is still incomplete because others are still away. If the players come back then the supporters can expect a massive turn_around for the team.”
Chukwu expressed satisfaction with his caretaker role at the club.
“The Heartland coaching job is for Kruif and he requested that I spend some time with him to know the players properly,” he said.
Chukwu was appointed in February to put an end to the team dwindling fortune pending the arrival of Kruif.