The local derby between Heartland FC and Papilo FC highlights Match day 25 of the Nigeria National League (NNL) fixtures and the gaffers of both sides have been talking tough ahead of the clash.
The reverse fixtures was a breath taking one, when Heartland FC came from one goal down to share the spoils with Papilo FC who were the home side, as they share same ground.
Nothing less than a nerve-wracking spectacle is expecting at the Dan Anyiam stadium, Owerri and coach of Papilo FC Obinna Yaryar is aware of the task ahead.
In a chat with www.papilonews.com he noted that he takes this games as serious as he takes his football coaching career, thus there will no room for any form of compromise with Heartland FC, a team from same state.
“I am taking his game as a tough one because I understand what is at stake. Apart from the fact that we are hoping to finish on a good note on the league, I believe my career is at stake so I will use this opportunity to show case what I have. The game will not be easy for Heartland FC, likewise I am expecting a tough one from them,” said Obinna.
He further stated that He would make do of what he has on ground, considering that fact that prior to this game most of his players were agitating for some reasons. He said: “we had an issue with the lads within the week and most of my players won’t be available. It is not going to be a full house, but we will make do of what we have and push through.”
On the other hand, gaffer of Heartland FC, Ramson Madu is confident his lads are up to the task.
“We are going to approach this game they way we do against Bayelsa, Enyimba and so on”.
Heartland FC are currently topping the Southern Conference of the NNL, meanwhile Papilo FC are place in the 9th position in the 18-team league.