Heartland players line up before a match
Investors from Dubai were in Owerri, Imo State at the weekend to hold bilateral talks with officials of Heartland FC.
Leader of the group and member of the Star Sports International of Dubai, Faisal Al Kamali who briefed the press at the Dan Anyiam Stadium Sunday morning, said the talks centred on a wide-range of football issues including, partnership, sponsorship, development and players transfer.
Flanked by colleague, Capt. Sopian Abdelbari and football agent, Gabriel Adejere of Skylinkfa, Kamali said the group was impressed with what it met on ground in Heartland FC and would therefore recommend a business co-operation with the Owerri-based team who incidentally emerged winners of the Nigerian Charity Cup last week.
"I'm sure we have met a team with high reputation and good groundwork. They are Nigerian over-all champions now for two years and they will be playing in the CAF Confederations Cup. I have also, watched their training this morning and found they have a good team especially in the defence and midfield area but their attack needs more work. We'll love to work with them in improving the team and of course, in many other areas of business," he said.
On his part, the General Manager of Heartland FC, Chief Fan Ndubuoke said the zeal to transform Heartland FC into a global brand drove his management team to seek the co-operation of the international sports group.
He said the emphasis would be on how to introduce Heartland FC to international football business.
Ndubuoke said with government's directive on the club to generate revenue by internally led Heartland FC to open its doors for international partners, sponsors and marketers to help generate revenue.
He expressed the hope that the Dubai group will play a good role in bringing Heartland FC to the world football business stage.