The Nigeria Professional Football League(NPFL) side Heartland coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu, has revealed the reasons he left commerical motorcycling business popularly known as Okada to become a professional football coach.
Former MFM Coach Spend 13 years with the Lagos Based Club where he led the team to a historic CAF Champions League debut in 2018.
Ilechukwu worked as an assistant to Imama Amapakabo and Kennedy Boboye during their time as the head of the national U-23 team.
Ilechukwu told Brila Fm that he couldn’t make way in his business that he needed to return to his first love.
He maintained that the league should not continue and be stopped due to the deadly Corona Virus
“After much business and things did not work out, I had to return to football. I served my master for six years and I was settled at Ebrealized.
“We sell motorcycle (Okada) at Herbert Macauley. I even drive it as well. So after six years, I stand on my own but realised that things were not working well. I had to go back to football.
“I owned a team Talented FC and also a coach of my team before MFM came. I now convert my team to Mountain of Fire Football Club and I told them I don’t want to coach and I want to go back to business but the pastor said no, he wants me to coach.
“So MFM now send me to coaching and some other place. I can’t do anything without thanking Dr. Olukoya for all he has done for me. Most people don’t know that the man of God has sent me abrohonorut three to four times for coaching courses. He is everything to me. If he calls me today to come back, I will do that to honour him,” he said.
“If with the situation of things now as per the growing number of coronavirus cases in the country, if you ask me which option I would recommend, I will call for the league to be ended canceled is.
“Even if Heartland are among the teams in the top four, I will maintain my statement that the league should be cancelled because what is good in being alive now and not being alive to see and play in the next season.
“I am not medical personnel or in the federal task force team to battle coronavirus but my interest is the safety and life of individuals. If the authorities feel they can check and control the spread of the virus, then maybe, the Super six can hold but we must be careful not to put people’s lives at risk,” Ilechukwu added.