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Heartland name Abdallah as new coach, Rangers stick to Yusuf

By Collins Osuji, Owerri
17 September 2021   |   2:14 am
Former Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Heartland of Owerri, have announced Hassan Abdallah as their new coach.

Former Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Heartland of Owerri, have announced Hassan Abdallah as their new coach.

Abdallah, who has coached Kano Pillars, Gombe United, and Enugu Rangers, among others, succeeds Coach Fidelis Ilechukwu, who has left for greener pastures.

The former Flying Eagles coach, who also assisted Coach Samson Siasia at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, signed a two-year deal with the Naze Millionaires.

Speaking to The Guardian on the new coach, a renowned Imo State-based sports journalist, Henry Echefu, said he expects Abdallah “should the club has a better team this time around.

“There are some players that a committee set up by the Deputy Speaker of the state and the state’s Commissioner for Sports identified and assembled recently… about 40 or 45 of them.”

MEANWHILE, Enugu Rangers have affirmed their confidence in Coach Salisu Yusuf, who has led the team in the last two seasons.

Debunking the rumour that the coach has signed a deal with Kano Pillars, Rangers’ G.M/CEO, Davidson Owumi, said, “Coach Salisu Yusuf is a professional and a big one at that, hence due process needs to be taken in everything relating to the terms of the contract we have with him.”

We are saying that all the terms of the contract we have with coach Salisu Yusuf have to be fully respected.” Coach Salisu had earlier during a meeting with the Rangers’ board disclosed that pressure were mounting on him from his home state of Kano where the government and traditional institutions were on his neck to come and lead the ‘Sai Masu Gida’ side may not allow him to honor his contract with a side he loves with a great passion, Rangers International F.C.

Rangers’ old and new players are expected back in the coal city tomorrow to begin pre-season activities for the 2021/2022 season.