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Heartland FC of Owerri on Sunday pipped visiting Lobi Stars of Makurdi 1-0 at the Dan Anyiam Stadium to record her first win of the season.

Heartland FC of Owerri on Sunday pipped visiting Lobi Stars of Makurdi 1-0 at the Dan Anyiam Stadium to record her first win of the season.


The Naze Millionaires who were playing under intense pressure from their fans and management came into the game with all the seriousness it deserves.
Coach Alphonsus Dike made 4 changes from the side that lost to Abia Warriors which saw the striking powers of Emeka Ogbugh, Bright Ejike, Onyebuchi Ajunwa and goalkeeper Ebele Obi who came in for injured Emmanuel Iwu. The change seem to have worked with the strikes piling pressure on the defence of Lobi but Goalkeeper Okemute Odah thwarted every effort. However, the deadlock was broken in the 38th minute when striker Fortune Omoniwari headed in the only goal off a cross by Onyebuchi Ajunwa. The goal revived the spirit of the fans who sang and danced for the first goal of the season at the Dan Anyiam Stadium.
The second half did not witness much action as Coach Godwin Uwua effectively curtailed the threat of the home lands. Coach  Alphonsus Dike on his own party introduced Isaac Loute, Anthony Owusu and midfielder Emeka Atuloma to beef up the midfield but it all ended in the first half strike.
With this victory, Heartland FC now have 5 points from 5 games. Their next match is away at Aba against Enyimba International.
Speaking to reporters after the match Coach Alphonsus Dike disclosed that he changed the shape of the team stressing that there is much more work to be done.
He praised the efforts of his players stating that it would have be a calamity if he looses his first home game.
Also speaking, the General Manager of  Heartland FC, Chief Oscar Keke praised the efforts of the players describing their performance as satisfactory. On the fate of former Coach of the team Bethel Orji, Chief Keke disclosed that the management has parted ways with the coach and wished him well in future.
However, a sports administrator and legal adviser to the Sports Council, Barr Charles Okoroafor complained about the officiating saying it seems the referees were sent to Owerri to blow against the home team. He decried the bias officiating against the home team stating however that the match was a good one. Barr. Okoroafor advised the technical crew to go back to the drawing board to effect some loopholes in the team especially the strikers and midfield.
Other results of week 5 includes Warri Wolves who beat Niger Tornadoes of Minna 1-0 at the Warri Township stadium. In Enugu, Rangers International defeated hard fighting Wikki Tourists of Bauchi 1-0 while El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri humbled defending champions Enyimba International of Aba 2-0.
In other matches, Ikorodu Utd held Mountain of Fire and Miracles, MFM, to a goalless draw in Lagos while Sunshine Stars of Akure were held 1-1 by Ifeanyi Uba at the Akure township stadium. In Ibadan, 3 SC beat Giwa FC of Jos 2-1 while Rivers Utd sent back Nasarawa Utd back to Lafia courtesy of 1-0 Spanking. Abia Warriors maintained their clean sheet when they held Plateau Utd 1-1 at Jos Stadium while Kano lead the log after defeating Akwa Utd 3-2 in a 5 goal thriller.

Warri Wolves         1-0  Niger Tornadoes
Rangers Int.         1-0  Wikki Tourists
El-Kanemi Warriors     2-0  Enyimba Int
Ikorodu Utd         0-0  MFM
Sunshine Stars         1-1  Ifeanyi Uba
3SC             2 -1  Giwa FC
Rivers Utd         1-0  Nasarawa Utd
Kano Pillars         3-2  Akwa Utd
Heartland FC         1-0  Lobi Stars
Plateau Utd         1-1  Abia Warriors

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