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The darling team of Imo State Heartland FC is seriously in deep trouble as the Nigeria Professional Football League continues it's down ward end.

The darling team of Imo State Heartland FC is seriously in deep trouble as the Nigeria Professional Football League continues it's down ward end.

With only 11 games to the end of this season, Heartland still occupies the 18th position on the log with only Ikorodu Utd for comfort. Apart from Giwa FC which has been officially disbanded, three other teams will be relegated at the end of the league. Currently, Ikorodu Utd, Heartland FC and Shooting Stars, in that order are candidates for the drop. With teams desperate to win a continental ticket and others struggling to avoid the drop, Heartland FC are not making any efforts to do either as they woefully lost to new entrants Mountain of Fire Ministries MFM, of Lagos by 2-0 at the Agege Stadium.  The match, a week 26 encounter saw the Naze Millionaires crumbling like a pack of cards. According to reports, the team lacked dept, commitment and the back four are woefully uncoordinated. One wonders what is wrong with the skipper Chinedu Efugh defense that have continued to let in goals and not scoring at away games. When the Nigeria Moment asked Coach Alphonsus Dike when the team will win an away game, he was evasive and could not guarantee any.
So far, the team is yet to win away from home but have conceded two home defeats in the hands of oriental brothers Abia Warriors and Enugu Rangers. The remaining games home and away do not provide any easy points.
If the team could not secure any away victory, they will definitely be relegated. In the other matches, Rivers United maintained their third position by defeating relegation hunted Shooting Stars of Ibadan by 2-0 at the Port Harcourt Stadium. The other double header between Enyimba International of Aba and Kano Pillars lived up to their billing as the star match of the week.
The defending champions crumbled the Pyramid Boys by 2-1 to climb up to fourth place while Pillars remained at the fifth position. Abia Warriors continued their struggle with a 1-0 victory of Warri Wolves at the Umuahia Township Stadium. In Nnewi, FC Ifeanyi Uba maintained their mid table with a 1-0 victory over El-Kanemi Warriors of Borno while Lobi Stars did the same over Plateau Utd at the Aper Aku Stadium Makurdi. Wikki Tourists of Bauchi dropped points as they were held 1-1 by Niger Tornadoes at the Minna Township Stadium. On Saturday, Enugu Rangers maintained their excellent away form by defeating home boys Akwa United 3-2 at the Uyo Township Stadium. The Flying Antelopes have thus opened a two points lead at the top. Nasarawa United hammered visiting Sunshine Stars of Akure 3-0 to reach the 11th position. The Solid Miners were in devastating form as they put their recent problems behind to produce a scintillating display. Ikorodu Utd rested as their match with Giwa FC was cancelled. With this result, Enugu Rangers now lead the table with 46 points followed by Wikki Tourists with 44 points, the same points by Rivers United who are third. At the rear Ikorodu Utd, Heartland FC and Shooting Stars match on.

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