Sunday, July 18, 2010

Siasia Begins Heartland Career With Ahly Test

Former Flying Eagles’ head coach, Samson Siasia, would kickstart his career as manager of Premier League club, Heartland Football Club, on Sunday when he leads the side out in the CAF Champions League against Egyptian giant, Al Ahly.
Siasia was unveiled on Monday inside the Dan Anyiam Stadium by the Imo State governor's special assistant, Emma Ohakim, before a handful of the club’s supporters.
But the former Under-23 national team coach has been charged with starting off the block fastest with Heartland’s opening game of the CAF Champions League group stage billed for Sunday at the Dan Anyiam Stadium.
Team manager of Heartland, Emeka Iwuagwu, believes that Siasia is the right man for the job based on his experience of having handled the Nigerian Under-20s and Under-23s as well as having a fair knowledge of players in the domestic league.
“He has a wealth of experience on the international scene. At the same time, we believe that he has a good knowledge of players in the league and that is why we picked him as our coach,” Iwuagwu told
The Naze Millionaires has been drawn in a difficult group against North African oppositions, JS Kabylie of Algeria, Al Ahly and Ismaily both of Egypt.
Siasia, 42, is unperturbed by the fact that his new side would be playing in a difficult group against North African clubs.
“I don’t think we should worry ourselves so much with our oppositions because we have to start worrying about ourselves first. We have a game against Africa’s unarguably best club (Al Ahly). So the concentration should be on this game as we need to start well with a win. I know why I am here (at Heartland) and for that reason I want to start well,” Siasia, who resumed duty with the team in its Nnewi camp, told

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