Heartland FC of Owerri played out a barren draw with visiting Go Round FC in a tension soaked Matchday 30 encounter at the Dan Anyiam stadium, Owerri. The Omoku based club denied the host all-scoring chances including a 2nd half penalty to take home a point. Go Round goalkeeper, Nwabali saved a spot kick taken by Heartland FC youngster, Francis Momoh in the 75th to deny the Naze Millionaires maximum points in the game.
The result still keeps the Naze Millionaires on the summit of the Nigeria National League (NNL), Southern Conference with better probabilities of returning to the elite division of Nigerian club football at the end of the season.
Upbeat about the match, despite the home draw is gaffer of Heartland FC, Ramson Madu.
“It is a win for us. One point in the bag, we take it as win,” quipped Madu after the game.
He further told reporters that the game plan was to get all three points and gain farther gap on top of the log.
When asked if Heartland FC will eventually make it to the premier division, he said: “We are there already. Right from the beginning when we bottom of the table, I told who ever cared to listen that Heartland FC would gain promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). We are looking good to end the season on a beautiful note.”
Heartland FC still occupies the first position with 60 points and 4 games to spare. Go Round FC who are also keen on tasting top flight football for the first time are on 52 points, 2nd position.
Praising his lad for a job well done, Ngozi Elechi, coach of Go Round FC noted that the performance of his side showed they are eager and ready to get to the premier league.
He said: “I praise my boys seriously because they played very well and really proved that the deserve to be where they are. We want to diligently gain promotion to the top flight that is why we are putting in so much work. We want our efforts to speak for us. We have showed it today that we can play better outside our home and it should not be a surprise to anyone,” Ngozi said.
The gaffer also called on match officials and football administrators to desist from attempting to influence results in order for the players to put out their best and get what they deserve.
Heartland will take a road trip to Abeokuta to honour their game with Gateway FC in their next league game, this weekend.