Heartland FC Technical Adviser, Kennedy Boboye has praised his players resilience in the vital 1-0 home win over Akwa United on Sunday at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri but he stressed that they cannot relent yet as they are still not comfortable on the league table.
Chidiebere Ajoku’s first half stoppage time goal handed the Naze Millionaires precious three points that has lifted the club to the 18th spot with 13 points from 14 games.
Boboye in his post match interview revealed that he and his players are not content with their present position on the league log and that getting the results that will keep them away from the drop zone as soon as possible is their priority ahead of subsequent games.
“We have gotten the vital win. This is done and dusted and we are looking forward to the next game with Doma United in Gombe,” Boboye disclosed.
“We feel good. It is due to hard work of everyone in the team. We will keep on pushing because we will need to get out of the position we are.”
Boboye who came up against Akwa United, the same club he won the league title with in 2021 disagreed with the incumbent coach of the Promise Keepers, Fatai Osho who cast aspersions on the playing turf of the Dan Anyiam Stadium.
The Heartland FC manager said there was nothing wrong with the stadium’s pitch while adding that his boys didn’t play up to expectations because of the game plan they adopted to neutralise Akwa United’s formation.
“No, I don’t support what we said. This is our home ground. It is like telling Akwa United to leave their comfort zone in Eket to another stadium.
“We played better in the last game than the way we played against Akwa United. It was due to the formation we adopted. They came with a different formation and we had to quickly make adjustments.”
The coach also corrected the impression that Heartland FC possess low quality strikers stating that dearth of quality attackers is a general problem in the league which can only be improved gradually during training sessions.
“Lack of quality strikers is a Nigerian problem and not just Heartland FC. We will keep working and strive to improve.”
Heartland FC will face Doma United on Thursday in another league tie.
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