The former Super Eagles left the wing, Ifeanyi Ekwueme (photo above) and Hon. It is understood that Chibuzor Goodfaith Etuemena is in line with the vacant position of general manager of Heartland FC as Dr. Pat Ekeji – the newly appointed chief of staff (administration) of Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, takes action in his attempt to revive the state-sponsored side of the NPFL, Completesports.com met exclusively.
Ekeji, who recently chaired a committee to review the Law of the Imo State Sports Commission, whose report he also handed over to the governor, shifted attention to cleaning up the & # 39; mess & # 39; in the five champions of Nigeria, Heartland.
Completesports.com's checks in Owerri reveal that Ekeji interviewed four candidates for aspiring General Manager at the club. Currently, Godfery Onyemaobi occupies the position of capacity to act after the suspension of Chukwudi Ifeanyi in a controversial way.
Among those interviewed were the suspended GM, Chukwudi Ifeanyi, former club president during the administration of Governor Rochas Okorocha as governor of Imo State, Chief Goodfaith Etuemena & Bash & # 39 ;, Godfery Onyemaobi and Ifeanyi Ekwueme, who is the current sporting director of the club.
The salient areas that the former Green Eagles player and coach and former director general of the National Sports Commission (NSC) emphasized during the separate interview sessions were the area of marketing and sponsorship in order to find out how the new general manager could obtain resources to rescue outside the club in times of extreme emergencies.
“Initially, the government wanted to hear the suspended GM (Ifeanyi Chukwudi) before making a decision. And after talking to him last March, we thought he would resume work early last month, given Governor Hope Uzodinma's body language after meeting with Chukwudi, ”a government official who was alongside the meeting, on condition of anonymity. .
“But perhaps the Coronavirus pandemic and its consequent blocking and interruption of social, economic and political life, as well as its implications for health, would ensure that things are kept on hold.
“Now, Pat Ekeji, who is well versed in sports, has joined as chief of staff [Administration]. With sport in his portfolio, he decided to open things up, giving everyone a fair chance. So far, he has interviewed four people; Ifeanyi Ekwueme, Chukwudi Ifeanyi, Godfery Onyemaobi and Hon. Chibuzor Etuemena & Bash & # 39 ;.
“They were trained in marketing and sponsorship, as a GM is expected to raise funds for the club when government money is yet to come. This is important, given the country's economic realities at the moment.
"No decision has been made so far regarding the chosen candidate, but I tell you, this area of fundraising will play an important role in determining who among the four would get the job."
In the past, Heartland FC had the financial support of Dana Airline, which took the team out for games. They also formed a partnership with Boluspor, a second division Turkish league team that helped the club with a coach and shirts, among other benefits.
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