DE KRUIF RETURNS AS HEARTLAND RIDES ON WIKKI TOURIST

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Heartland’s Dutch technical adviser, Lodewijk de Kruif is expected at his duty post next Wednesday.

The Dutchman left for his country home,Hollandin May shortly after his side’s CAF confederation Cup tie against DR Congo’s AC Leopards in Owerri to attend to some pressing family issues with the expresse permission of his employer.

General Manager of Heartland Fan Ndubuoke who flayed the speculation around his return however disclosed to newsmen that the Dutchman’s return date was agreed upon by both parties before he left forHolland.

“He is getting his documents ready for his journey back to his duty post Heartland”.

“People are engaging in an unnecessary speculation, when we gave him leave to sort himself out, we made it clear that his absence would be temporary”

“Unfortunately, many people misconstrued our position preferring instead to announce that Heartland have sacked their technical adviser.

His contract ends in August not June, he actually resumed in March not January as being speculated”

Heartland management had at the wake of the Dutchman’s departure hired the former Sharks and Plateau United Manager, Nduka Ndubuisi as head coach.

Meanwhile, Heartland on Wednesday 13th June humbled Wikki tourist of Bauchi by defeating them 2 goals to nill, in a week 32 Nigerian Premier League game played at the Dan Anyiam stadium Owerri.

The hard fighting Wikki boys, who were placed directly behind Heartland on 13th position of the league table before the match, concede the two goals in the 25th and 37th minute of play.

Chibuzor Okonwo’s sliced short bounced off the ground and looped into the goal beating the keeper Sunday Okoh for Wikki. Some minutes after Kabiru Umar pounced on a loose ball after the keeper Okoh collided with his defender to grabb the second goal.

However, the centre referee did not award the penalty that could have guaranteed the 3rd in the 65th minute when the keeper Okoh tripped Kofamata Bello who was released by Chidozie Johnson.

Heartland with this win now has 44 points out of 28 matches and is expected to travel toMinna,Nigerstate to keep a date on Sunday with Tornadoes in a rescheduled NPL game.