Nigeria’s representative in the CAF Champions League, Heartland Football Club, grabbed its first win when came from a goal down to defeat its Egyptian opponent, Ismaily, at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri on Sunday.
It was a difficult game for the Naze Millionaires, which had to depend on set-plays to defeat Ismaily after going one down just after the half hour mark.
Ismaily opened score on 33 minutes through captain Mohamed Soliman’s strike before Heartland’s centre-back, Thankgod Ike, popped forward to volley home the equaliser.
However another Heartland centre-back, Chinedu Efugh, poked home the winner from the near post with just six minutes of normal time left to hand his side a first win in this year’s edition of Africa’s elite club competition.
Head coach of Heartland, Samson Siasia, described the win as deserved.
“In our past games we have shown that we are capable of winning. But we have been unfortunate in those games by losing. Two weeks ago, we lost to this same team (Ismaily) and today, we showed that we have the character by coming from behind to win.
“It was important that we won this game because without a win, we would have found ourselves in a rather tight position ahead of the next game (against Al Ahly in Egypt),” Siasia, who is Super Eagles’ coach-in-waiting, told Naijaligue.blogspot.com.