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 Saturday, 23 November, 2002, 14:51 GMT
Hearts go for Oueifio
Neil Macfarlane in action for Airdrieonians
Neil Macfarlane was out for eight months
Young midfield trialist Wilfred Oueifio was a surprise starter for Hearts on Saturday at Kilmarnock.

The free agent Frenchman has impressed on trial with the Tynecastle club and was named in the squad to face Dunfermline Athletic last weekend.

But a lengthening injury list - Steven Boyack, Phil Stamp and Kevin Twaddle are all out - has given Oueifio his big chance at Rugby Park.

It is believed that the 18-year-old has now signed for the Scottish Premier League outfit.

Former Motherwell defender Ange Oueifio
Ange Oueifio is Wilfred's older brother
He is the younger brother of defender Ange Oueifio, previously of Motherwell.

Neil Macfarlane, signed despite being out with a cruciate ligament injury after Airdrieonians went into liquidation, also made a first appearance in midfield.

MacFarlane played the final 14 minutes of the 1-0 victory over Aberdeen in the CIS Cup.

The 25-year-old tore his cruciate ligament eight months ago while playing for Airdrieonians and his only previous action had been for less than half-an-hour of an Under-21 match against Dundee.

Macfarlane said: "I'd just like to thank the gaffer for having faith in me when he brought me to Tynecastle even though I was injured and also the physio Alan Rae who has been superb."

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