BY ABAYOMI JOHNSON
Heartland Football Club on Saturday signed a partnership with Dana Air operators Imo Air, the NPFL returnees stated in a release.
The Memorandum of Understanding between the parties was signed at the club headquarters at Ikemba Ojukwu Centre in Owerri, Imo State. This partnership will see Heartland Air-lifted by Imo Air to away games for the duration of the 2018 season.
The operators DANA Air will also be rewarding the team’s Most Valuable Player every month for the entire season as a way to inspire and motivate the players to do more.
The Chief Operating Officer of DANA Air, Obi Mbanuzuo praised the fighting spirit of the players, which prompted the company to identify with the club. “We saw how the team performed last season in the lower division and we were really impressed, we already had a partnership with the State Government and decided to extend it to the team”, he said.
The Chairman of Heartland FC, Hon Chibuzo ‘Bash’ Etuemena praised the vision of the operators of Imo Air and assured them that the company will get commensurate mileage for every kobo spent on the club.
He said: “Heartland are a big brand and we promise to repay the confidence that your company has bestowed on our legendary club. I’m glad that my search for sponsors is finally paying dividends. Hopefully this partnership would attract more.
Imo State’s Commissioner for Sports, Martins Ohiri praised the club’s chairman and charged him to do more. He also pledged total support to the team, promising that the State Government would go do more to propel them to greater heights.
Heartland, are staging a return to the elite division after a year in the Nigeria National League will travel to Calabar for their Matchday 2 game against Enyimba at U.J Esuene Stadium.