Monday, January 25, 2010

Injuries, Exodus Deplete Naze Millionaires

Heartland Football Club’s title ambition appears to have hit a bad patch, as 15 key players did not make the trip to Zamfara United for its Week 15 encounter in Gusau, uncovered.
A club official disclosed that a number of the players are nursing one form of injury or the other while others have been permitted to go on trials and a few has already tied down deals with foreign clubs.
The players, who were absent from the trip to Zamfara, are Emeka Nwanna also known as Ayaya, Emmanuel Olowo, Chinedu Efugh, Ikechukwu Ibenegbu, John Owoeri, Emmanuel Omodiagbe, Uchenna Agba.
Others are King Osanga, Stanley Okoro, Joshua Obaje, goalkeeper Austin Brown, ThankGod Ike, Signswonder Chibambo and Kingsley Udoh.
Heartland FC head coach, Kelechi Emeteole, had to rely on some of the side’s inexperienced hands that have tested little or no action in the top-flight since signing up with the Naze Millionaires in the game against Zamfara United.
However, the official hinted that the duo of ThankGod Ike and Brown may have headed to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja to join up with the Home-based Eagles for the qualifiers for the Championship for African Nations (CHAN).
“It’s a difficult period for Heartland now,” began the official, who did not want his name in print. “There are about 15 players that did not travel with the team for the game against Zamfara United. Several of our players were injured and a few had travelled out of the country. So it was not a good weekend for us and now we face may be a few days or even several weeks without them.”
One of the club’s foreign players, Signswonder Chibambo, is currently nursing a tendon injury after clashing with another player during an international game for his native country recently.
However, Chibambo aggravated the hamstring injury during training and was one of several key players that did not travel to Zamfara United.
He has been out of the team for two weeks and faces another two weeks on the sidelines since he has been unable to run well or squat.
The player has been on pain killers, understands, as he is yet to see a doctor over the injury as at Monday morning.
But the club official said Chibambo would be taken to a doctor on either Tuesday or Wednesday when the team returns from Zamfara United, where it lost by a lone goal.
Players such as Agba, Osanga and Obaje are said to have travelled out of the country for either trials or to seal deals with foreign clubs.

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