Why I Returned To Heartland Bench, Inspire Team To Beat Enyimba -Ilechukwu

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All may gradually be looking well for Heartland after Coach Fidelis Ilechukwu returned to his role and inspired his team to record its first victory of the season after they beat Oriental Derby rivals 2-0 at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri.

A goal in each half saw the Naze Millionaires triumph over the People’s Elephants for a second time within two seasons.

Shedrack Oghali gave his team a half time lead scoring his second NPFL goal of the season.

Adachi Emmanuel then put the icing on the cake after he made its 2-0 for the Naze Millionaires in the 53rd minute.

Speaking after the thrilling game, the ‘Working One’ gave reasons why he decided to return to the bench against Enyimba despite opting out of the game against Plateau United in Jos were they lost 3-0, based on Heartland’s management attitude towards the players welfare.

Ilechukwu said: “Heartland fans are better than Liverpool fans, as they have been compassionate with the team despite its slow start to the season.

“I opted to return to the dugout because of the fans. Amazed that despite the ban on fans from NPFL games, seeing them outside the Dan Anyiam Stadium in their numbers with their phones and other devices, while they anxiously wait to hear the news of me returning to the bench and off course the game’s livescores made me have a rethink.

“Sad they couldn’t watch how their team defeated Enyimba in the Oriental Derby, as the ban on large crowd imposed by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), as a way of curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic was still active.

“I dedicate the victory to all our fans as they never stopped believing in us and for the words of encouragement we receive from them. My promise to them is I won’t let them down.

“On the contrary I urge the management of the club to see it as a matter of urgency to do the needful and provide the team the facilities it needs to getting better results. They know what we need to enhance our performances as I have told them from the on set.

“I won’t stress much about our needs again or remind them, rather I would be hoping, waiting and believing that by the weekend the management would have done the needful.

“Also all hands must be put on desk with the aim of moving the team forward and returning it to its glory days of Iwayanwu Nationale.”

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