Former Heartland coach Lodewijk De Kruif has stated that he still loves the team and would want to be given another opportunity to handle the team for next season.
De Kruif noted that he still loves the team and the people of Imo State and is eager to see his players mature to become the best in the world.
"There is no denying the fact that I still love Heartland. I started a work there which is yielding dividends. I have a lot of players in the team that I want to help nurture into stardom," De Kruif told Goal.com.
"About two years ago, I started a work with the team and players and after 18 years of not winning any major trophy, the team won the Federation Cup after beating Enyimba1-0.
"This year they have also retianed the trophy after triumphing over Lobi Stars 2-1. That is why I want to go back because it will enable me to finish the work of making the team the best in the country.
"When you look at the caliber of players in the team, you will understand that with proper management they can win all the trophies in the country.
"I am yet to finish my work there and I think I need to finish so that Heartland will be in the right frame of mind to conquer Africa since they are playing in the Caf Confederation Cup next year.
"I also like what the gorvenor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha is doing to make the team the best in the country and of course the people of Imo State are dear to me having stayed there for more than one year," De Kruif said.
The Dutchman left Heartland in June at the expiration of his contract.