Monday, November 09, 2009

Heartland Shifts Focus To League Campaign

After missing out on becoming the second Nigerian club to win the CAF Champions League at the weekend, Heartland Football Club has decided to turn its attention to the Globacom Premier League.
One of the club’s goalkeepers, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, despite being distraught over allowing the chance of winning the CAF Champions League to slip through its hands takes solace in the fact that the club would give total focus on the domestic league once again.
Heartland FC would play host to Premier League newcomer, Dolphin Football Club, when the championship resumes next Wednesday across the country.
Although the 21-year-old goalkeeper, who came on as a substitute in the second leg of the CAF Champions League final over the weekend, finds it difficult to get over the loss to Tout Puissant Mazembe, he wants to give 100 per cent concentration to his club’s quest to win its first league title in 17 years.
“It was a difficult game against TP Mazembe and I am really disappointed that we could not put smile on the faces of our fans and at the same time, we could not win the trophy (CAF Champions League) for the first time. Now we will have to concentrate on the league after failing in the CAF Champions League this year.
“But it is good that we will have another opportunity next year since we qualified as one of the two clubs from Nigeria. For now, I will just want to concentrate on playing in the league for my club though the loss (to TP Mazembe) is very painful because we were just few minutes away from winning that cup,” Ezenwa told
On his part, former Enugu Rangers’ man, Chinedu Efugh, accepted the loss in good fate and is looking forward to taking part in the league campaign for the club irrespective of threats from his former employer that his provisional clearance to the Naze Millionaires would be withdrawn by the time the championship resumes next week.
Efugh said he is keen on winning a trophy with Heartland FC this season and is confident that it could start with the Globacom Premier League since the club has gathered enough experience playing on the continent.
“It is really a cup we wanted to win but unfortunately it did not happen as we planned it. But it is not the end of the world yet. We will need to play well and get results in the league so that we will have a chance of winning the league trophy. My reason for joining Heartland is to win trophies and I believe we will do that this season in the league after our experience in the (CAF) Champions League,” he said.

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