Friday, October 16, 2009

Heartland Is Bayelsa Utd‘s Threat - Kipu Pere

One of the fringe players at Bayelsa United, Vincent Kipu Pere, has identified this year’s finalist in the CAF Champions League, Heartland Football Club, as the main threat of his side’s title defence in the Globacom Premier League.
In an exclusive interview with, Kipu Pere, made it clear that Heartland FC is the most enterprising side in the Nigerian league at the moment and capable of facing any club in the country in terms of quality.
The midfielder pointed out that he tips Heartland FC ahead of Enyimba in the pecking order of clubs that would stand as obstacles in the way of Bayelsa United retaining its Globacom Premier League title.
Kipu Pere based his assertion on the Naze Millionaires commanding display against Kano Pillars in both legs of the CAF Champions League semi-finals.
“Though I will pick Heartland and Enyimba as the club’s that will really give us a good run for our title, I think Heartland are the most dangerous side in the league at the moment. We have all saw what Heartland is capable of doing to anyone. They beat Kano Pillars home and away in the (CAF) Champions League and it looked so easy. I will pick them ahead of Enyimba as our main threat though Enyimba are also unpredictable too,” he said to
Kipu Pere, however, singled out Kano Pillars and Warri Wolves as clubs in the other categories that are capable of hurting Bayelsa United’s ambition of winning the Globacom Premier League back-to-back.
The petite Bayelsa United man also believes that Kano Pillars could emerge a dangerous force in the Premier League owing to the experience it may have garnered while playing in the CAF Champions League.
He added that the Kano side would battle to want to return to the continent having had a shot at the continent’s elite club competition this season.
“Two other clubs that I also believe are pretenders are Kano Pillars and Warri Wolves. They are also dangerous if you let them play their game, especially Warri Wolves. Now, Kano Pillars will face the league totally since they are no longer in the continent again and that experience could help them compete in the league this season. And I know that they will want to try and see if they can fight to win a continental ticket again,” he said.
On the departures of key players to rival clubs, Kipu Pere does not support the school of thought that Bayelsa United could pay dearly for allowing influential players such as Chibuzor Okonkwo and Jonah Abutu to leave.
Instead he thinks that there are players that can take up their places.

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