Glo Premier League side, Heartland now have a new general manager in the person of Okechukwu Ibeh.
Ibeh is an ex-footballer, a Holland-based businessman from Omumaku, Orlu in Ideato Local Government Area of Imo State.
The new administrator succeeds the former chairman, Fan Ndubuoke.
The state commissioner for sports, Hon Kenneth Emelu unveiled the new administrator to the staff and players on Thursday in Owerri.
Emelu said the change of guard at the helms of the Glo Premier League side is in line with government's directive to change the heads of the 37 parastatals in the state which Heartland management happens to be one of them.
The commissioner who poured encomium on the outgoing chairman, Fan Ndubuoke for the laudable achievements he brought to the side, asked the management staff and players to rally round the new administrator in the onerous task of lifting the club higher in the football community.
“The removal of chairman, Fan Ndubuoke is the decision of government that asked for the removals of the parastatal heads in the state and Heartland have been delayed for weeks because of the health challenge of the outgone chairman.
“Ndubuoke is a good man, he brought many trophies to Heartland and made my comeback as commissioner quite easy with the success stories at Heartland.
“Unfortunately, this decision is taken at the period he was injured, if it had been entirely in my hands to alter or avoid the decision I would’ve gladly done so.
“I ask all of you to support the new general manager wholeheartedly in his assignment to reposition Heartland to the highest level possible,” Emelu said.
While accepting the new challenge, Ibeh pledged to work assiduously hard to uplift the team as he solicits the cooperation of everyone in his new task.
“I humbly accept the offer to lead Heartland and I pledge to lift the club higher and make it second to none among the clubs in the land.
“I implore the cooperation and support of everybody in the new assignment.
“I’ve good plans for the club, very soon I’ll be unveiling plans to involve my business partners to bring sponsors that’ll address the financial needs of the club.
“I’m here to work for the progress of the team especially to continue on the good work of the past administrator,” said Ibeh.