Turkish coach Mehmet Tayfun is expected to arrive Nigeria tomorrow to resume as head coach of Heartland, while goalkeeper Chijioke Ejiogu has completed a switch back to ‘The Naze Millionaires’, according to a report.
Tayfun, checks revealed, joined Heartland in May as part of partnership agreement with Boluspor, a second-tier league side in Turkey.
He headed back home to Turkey in June following delayed resumption of the NPFL after the World Cup break.
The delay in league resumption was necessitated by factional leadership feud in NFF which later ensured the domestic top flight was eventually called off after 24 rounds of matches.
Now, Tayfun is returning to lead the team ahead the commencement of the 2018/2019 season.
“Tayfun is returning on Wednesday”, an official told newsmen in Abakaliki, venue of the 2018 South East/South South Preseason Tournament.
“You know our chairman, Chibuzor Etuemena, has been in Europe for some time now on club related issues.
“He will return tomorrow and along with the Turkish coach, Mehmet Tayfun”.
Tayfun’s earlier spell was uneventful as work permit and residence permit related issues as demanded by LMC ensured he never sat on the technical bench.
With Tayfun’s return, Heartland appear set to parade an over bloated bench term with the return of Ramson Madu as Chief coach, George ‘Bahador’ Onyenekwe as goalkeeper trainer, Isaac Mbaegbu and Ezekiel Onyegbule as coaches while Ere Dokubo is technical director.
‘Arugo Moneky’ Chijioke Ejiogu has already completed a switch to Heartland.
Ejiogu was part of the Heartland team to the 2018 South East/South South Football Preseason Tournament in Abakaliki.
He kept a clean sheet in ‘The Naze Millionaires’ scoreless draw on the opening day of the tournament on Sunday.