Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Heartland’s Ibenegbu Keen To Nail Enyimba

Heartland Football Club’s Ikechukwu Ibenegbu, has said he would want to claim the scalp of Enyimba when both sides confront each other in today’s Super Four clash at the Ilorin Township Stadium.
The utility player, who has been instrumental in Heartland FC’s run in the ongoing CAF Champions League, told that he is keen to take in the pre-season championship in order to test his ability against his club’s main rivals in the Premier League.
Ibenegbu is also longing to witness the Owerri-based Premier League outfit not just start on a good note but finish the coming season as champion of Nigeria.
“In the last two seasons, Heartland remains the most consistent team. We have finished second twice and that is good. But we will want to focus first on the game against Enyimba tomorrow (today) and I am confident we will start well (in the Super Four). Apart from that I want to see us win the league after coming close in the last two seasons,” he said.
The former El-Kanemi Warriors’ man is unperturbed about individual achievement ahead of the new season, as he wants to see an end to the toga of nearly-men, which Heartland FC has assumed in the past two seasons.
Heartland FC last won the Nigerian league title in 1993 while it was still known as Iwuanyanwu Nationale and has been pipped to it in the last two seasons by Kano Pillars and Bayelsa United.
Ibenegbu, however, acknowledged that winning the Premier League is no child’s play and attributed Heartland FC’s failure to win it in the past two seasons to lack of lady luck.
“I know it is difficult to win the league because there are lots of good players around in the league now. But I believe that we have been unlucky in the past seasons and we need a bit of luck and may be keep the current squad and I believe that we will do very, very well when the new season starts,” he said.

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