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Heartland GM and Technical Crew Given Two-Game Ultimatum Amid Poor League Performance

In a significant development for Heartland Football Club of Owerri, General Manager Promise Nwachukwu and the Technical crew, led by Christian Obi, have received a stern two-game ultimatum. This ultimatum was delivered by the Honorable Commissioner for Youth, Sports, and Social Development in Imo State, Emeka Okoronkwo, during a meeting held in Owerri.

The meeting, which was also attended by the Supporters club, was a reflection of the dissatisfaction with the club’s dismal start in the Nigeria Premier Football League, having garnered only three points out of a possible 12. Commissioner Okoronkwo emphasized that the people of Imo State were unhappy with the team’s performance, given the substantial resources invested by the Hope Uzodinma-led administration.

In response, Commissioner Emeka Okonkwo has issued a clear directive to GM Promise Nwachukwu and Coach Christian Obi: win the next two matches or face possible termination. He stressed, “The government has invested significantly in Heartland FC, and it’s crucial that this investment is mirrored in their performance. We expect to see Heartland FC at its best. The team has received ample support, and we want to see this translate into victories in the upcoming games.”

During the meeting, the Honorable Commissioner also pointed out the need for improvement in some aspects of the club’s management, indicating that they would be reviewed if the desired results were not achieved in the next two matches. Heartland’s next matches are against Abia Warriors away and a home fixture against former league champions Rivers United.

Contrary to reports that the supporters club held the coaches and players hostage after a recent goalless draw, the club’s management has clarified the situation. The management explained that the supporters’ club traditionally celebrates around the team after home games but, in this instance, they were peacefully demanding the removal of Coach Christian Obi due to the team’s performance.

GM Promise Nwachukwu further described the supporters club as a peaceful group seeking an improvement in the club’s fortunes, denying any involvement in violence or threats.

Currently sitting in 17th place in the league table, Heartland is gearing up to resume their league campaign with an away game against Abia Warriors on the 29th before hosting Rivers United in Owerri. The next two matches will undoubtedly be crucial for the club’s management and technical crew as they work to meet the ultimatum set by Commissioner Emeka Okonkwo.

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