Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Heartland’s Liberian Star In Egypt For Trials

Liberian striker of Heartland Football Club, Bill Sherrif, is currently in Egypt for trials with undisclosed club, Naijaligue.blogspot.com can reveal.
Sherrif left the shores of Nigeria last month to Egypt and is expected to remain in the North African country for about a month.
Team manager of the Premier League side in Nigeria, Emeka Iwuagu, disclosed that the player had been dropped from the squad billed to play in the CAF Champions League this year.
Iwuagu added that Sherrif in the wake of being axed from the team scheduled to compete in Africa’s elite club competition decided to be excused to return to his country.
The Heartland official also pointed out that the Owerri-based club is in the dark over the reported attempt by the player to secure a new club in Egypt.
“Well Bill Sherrif was dropped from the team that will play in the continent. So he decided to go to Liberia. But all we know is that he returned to Liberia as we are not aware that he went to Egypt,” said Iwuagu in a telephone interview on Monday morning.
However, Naijaligue.blogspot.com was reliably informed by a close friend of the player that he had been invited by an Egyptian club to try out for a month in May and had to shift the whole arrangement to June in the hope of being a part of Heartland’s campaign for the 2010 CAF Champions League.
But the axing of Sherrif from the Heartland squad billed to take part in the group stage of the CAF Champions League that begins in July left the player disappointed, hence his decision to leave.
Another source, however, added that the Liberian forward is also angry that the management of the Naze Millionaires still owes some outstanding debt, and could no longer cope with the situation added to being axed from the continental squad.
The source at Heartland revealed: “Sherrif was just not only unhappy about being left out of the team. Though he feels he should have been part of the squad for the CAF Champions League, the coaching crew thinks otherwise, and he was left out. But the player is even angrier that after being left out, the club owes him some amount of money and yet could treat him the way they did.”
Sherrif is the second foreign player that may have decided to leave the former Nigerian champion in less than two weeks after Zambian international, Signswonder Chibambo, left the club to return to his native country, Zambia, under the guise of going to feature in an international friendly match.
Chibambo is yet to return to Owerri since last month fuelling speculation that the player may have decided to dump the Naze Millionaires for good.

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