Emeteole sets top four finish target as Heartland returns from Midseason

Heartland FC players returned from the midseason break on Sunday and resumed normal club work activities Monday morning under the supervision of Head Coach, Kelechi Emeteole.

Heartland spent a better part of the first half of the season at the bottom four on the log but a series of good results including an away win at Bayelsa United propelled the Naze Millionaires to the middle of the table by the close of the mid-season.

But Emeteole said they have reviewed their start to the season and spotted the weak threads which they have resolved to remedy to push for a possible continental ticket at the end of the season.

“Obviously, it was not the best of a start to the season for us and it was also not unusual because I just joined the Club and needed time to get the boys play according to my philosophy. This created the gap that we began to plug as the season wore on and we are looking at strengthening some positions in the squad using the mid-season transfer window”, disclosed Emeteole also called Caterpillar.

The widely travelled coach who spoke from their first training session at the Dan Anyiam stadium in Owerri also expressed delight that the players returned fit for the remaining part of the season but noted that there were few slight injury worries.

“All the players are back in camp and everyone is here at the training session. The best part of the midseason report is that we have very few players with minor injury worries and these are such that can be managed. We only hope they don’t get aggravated in training before the season resumes.

“We returned to improve and perfect on the  techniques that we found not to have met our expectations during the last 19 games and hope to get them playing at full strength and perhaps secure a continental ticket. I am gradually building a team of my taste but still require a few more players in some areas”, Emeteole expounded.

He declined to name his transfer targets saying, “we are yet to approach their clubs and don’t want to trigger any resistance from the clubs by going public. Once the relevant department of Heartland completes the process, then the players will be unveiled”.

The former Assistant Coach of the Super Eagles also praised two of his young players saying they have a good future ahead. “Emmanuel Iwu, our goalkeeper and Center Back, Nnaemeka Uzoma are revelations of the season given their relative rookie experience in top flight football and I think they can grow to become phenomenal players for the country if properly managed”.

Heartland finished the midseason on 27 points from six wins and nine draws. The had the highest number of draws equaled only by 11th placed Sunshine Stars of Akure.


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