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IfeanyiUba Set To Compound Heartland Woes

Posted: Jul 23, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuike Chukwu

Lagos – FC IfeanyiUba target will be the three points against their host, Heartland of Owerri, on Saturday in one of the week 28 matches that will go down the same day.
The Naze Millionaires have seen their fortunes dropped in recent weeks, leading to the resignation of their coach, Alphonsus Dike. The going has not been rosy with the former champions after having to manage two wins in their last ten matches, with Enyimba and Akwa United being their preys.
Also, the Imo State-owned team have lost three times and drew on four occasions in the last ten encounters, as development that has seen them being second from the rear on the league table.
Out of 26 matches, Iwuayanwu have won seven, drew eight and lost 11, earning 29 points and placing 18th on the 19-team table.
According to a player of the club, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Dike’s resignation was a confirmation of the discouraging situation in the club, warning that if nothing was done, the inevitable drop to the lower rung of the league might not be out of place.
“There is discouragement everywhere in Heartland; the players are not happy and the resignation of our coach (Dike) is just to show you the condition at the club.
“I pray something is done urgently otherwise we may be relegated,” the player said.
IIfeanyiUba, on the other hand, are relatively safe from the drop with their 10th placement. The Nnewi side have lost thrice, won thrice and drew four times in their last ten matches. But in their last five matches, the billionaire’s club are yet to taste defeat with three draws and two wins.
The players have resolved to take their chances and repay the proprietor, Chief Ifeanyi Uba, who recently doled out N100 million to shop for good players. It paid off with the arrival of former Niger Tornadoes hit man, Ismaila Gata, who has hit form in Nnewi.
Speaking ahead of the visit to Heartland, Gata said that he would continue to do his best to ensure that FC IfeanyiUba get a continental ticket at the end of the season.
“I will not rest on my oars until we achieve a continental ambition. Even as we are going to Owerri, as a striker, what is at the back of my mind is to score goals,” he said.
Meanwhile, Heartland’s assistant captain, who is just coming back from injury, Julius Ubido, has sounded optimistic on the team’s survival.
“Something keeps telling me that despite the cloudiness around us at the moment, we will not go down on relegation at the end of the on-going top-flight.”