The argument often put forward that ex-internationals are the best hands to manage football in Nigeria has often being challenged in some quarters.

Those against the theory above argue that being a fine player will not necessarily translate to also being an equally good administrator.

That seems to be the case at Nigeria Professional Football League side, Heartland FC, where their Team Manager, a former Nigeria international Mobi Oparaku has been slammed with a 10-match ban by the League Management Company.

The LMC said they are wielding the big stick on Oparaku for his role in the violence that ensued after the Match Day 18 tie involving Heartland FC and Plateau United.

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A statement from the League organisers read: "The LMC also punished team manager of the Owerri club, Mobi Oparaku for his role in the incident and the former Nigeria international has been suspended from all it’s activities for the next 10 games.”

Among other accomplishments as a player, Oparaku was part of Nigeria’s Dream Team that won the historic gold medal at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.

However, under Oparaku’s watch as Team Manager, Heartland for the first time ever got relegated from the Nigeria Premier to the National League.

Though they are back in the elite division, present developments suggest they may be going down again, as they are presently rocking the bottom spot in the NPFL midway into the season.

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