The newly appointed coaches of Heartland Queens Football Club have been charged to go for glory in the upcoming 2019/20 Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL).
The coaches who received the tall order are experienced tactician and head coach, George Onyenekwe a.k.a ‘Bahador’, and assistants, Obi Ogbala and former Nigerian international, Stella Mbachu.
Onyenekwe has variously and at different time coached multiple winners, Rivers Angels, Sharks FC, Dolphins FC, Iwuanyanwu Nationale, among others.
Ogbala performed creditably and gloriously well with Nasarawa Amazons, Pelican Stars, Rivers Angels, Remo Queens FC, among others.
Mbachu is about to cut her teeth in the dugout business with Heartland Queens after helping the country to win several laurels as a player of note.
Heartland Queens chairperson, Tessy Nwoke while handing the coaches their letters of appointment on Friday said the era the side were known as perennial strugglers is over as the coaches must hit the ground running to ensure the team compete favourably among the best in the land especially in the up-coming league season.
“The stories around Heartland Queens in the past were not palatable as the team are almost perpetually struggling every season.
“I have come to put a permanent full stop to the perennial tag ‘strugglers’ and turn things around for the best.
“I have the mandate to overhaul the team in its entirety and breathe fresh air into every facet of the team hence the painstaking approach to picking you out among the rest for the arduous assignment.
“Your resumes speak for you as vastly experienced, knowledgeable and not rookies on the terrain.
“Right now we do not want to struggle any more; we must go for glory in the up-coming league season.
“You must endeavour to win the league top prize or worst case scenario you come second on the pecking order.
“That is in sync with by deepest desire to play in the Super four for the first time in the history of the team then you can fight to finish second.
“We have been escaping relegation in the past by the whiskers that is why we have to overhaul the coaching crew as well as the players.
“I am here to turn things around not for self-enrichment, whatever you need to succeed in your assignment will be made available to you.
“We do not want to fail, we want to be the best in the land,” said Nwoke.
Onyenekwe who responded on behalf of his crew assured the management of his team’s resolve to make Heartland Queens the best in the land in the coming league season.
“You have been quite cooperative with us, we will not disappoint or fail you, we will certainly make you proud,” said the soft-spoken gaffer.
Heartland Queens commenced her official open assessment/screening exercise of interested and talented players on Monday, February 03 at the mini stadium of Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri.
The Imo state darling queens will compete in the up-coming 2019/20 Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL).