Assign roles to Heartland mgt board to avoid friction -SWAN

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The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Imo State Chapter has hailed the bold step taken by Governor Hope Uzodimma in appointing an Interim Management Committee for Heartland FC which has brought to a halt the lingering leadership crisis in the club.
The group called on the Governor to as a matter of urgency assign roles to the Chairman of the committee and the General Manager of the club to avoid any friction that may arise.
Heartland FC has been in the news for the wrong reasons lately with the tussle over the identity of who leads the club, thus threatening the existence of the club that had once brought laurels, honour and pride to the state in the past right from when it was formed as Spartans FC before the change in nomenclatures to Iwuanyanwu Nationale FC and Heartland FC.
The situation prompted members of the State SWAN as critical stakeholders to issue a press statement alerting Gov Hope Uzodimma on the dangers and need to immediately intervene to resolve the crisis and pronounce the status of the club’s management and board.
To further demonstrate their crusade to save the state darling club from extinction as LMC and NFF axes were already dangling on the club, the group further advised the Governor with courtesy visits to relevant government officials, sports administrators, sports philanthropists and some stakeholders in the state on the bold need for their interventions.
As a listening Governor, he responded to their clarion call by the appointment and inauguration of a seven(7) man Interim Management Board for the revered Naze Millionaires with Barr. Charles “Babatunde” Ezekwem (Ikemba Okigwe) as Chairman and Mr Ifeanyi Chukwudi as the General Manager.
Other members of the management committee include; Sir Emma Ochiagha, Amb. Prince Elias Ogbonna, Chief Anozie Nzewihe, Chief Henry Nwogu and Chief Riverjude Duruoma (Mmiri Motors).
In a statement jointly endorsed by the Chairman, Everest Ezihe and Secretary, Tunde Liadi enjoined the newly formed Heartland Interim Management Board to get to work immediately and strive to comply with the directives of the Imo Government to revamp the club and make it the envy of others in the country just like it was in the recent past.
The Imo sports journalists passionately advised the new management team on the need to jettison selfishness, wranglings, bickering and leadership conflicts which they observed may rock the boat.
They advised them to imbibe the spirit of patriotism, brotherly love and enthrone unity of purpose as strategic management tools for them to achieve the set objectives of the “Shared Prosperity” and “3R” administrative mantra of the State Government.
SWAN reminded that Imolites and Nigerians who love the club will not be prepared to take any excuse for the failure of the club even as the sports journalists have assured them of their support as the watchdog of the society.
They appeal to the State Government to expedite actions towards the payment of the backlogs of debts owed the players and its officials so as to enable the new Management Committee to take off seamlessly.
They observed that paying the debts owed the team and also ensuring that the club meet up with the club licensing requirements should be given utmost priority as the clock ticks away towards the return of contact sports and start of the Nigeria Professional Football League thereafter.


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