‘Heartland will turn things around & keep NFPL status’

By Promise Etim

Heartland’s new assistant coach, Ere Dokubo says the fortunes of the Owerri side will turn in the coming matchdays as the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season gets past the halfway mark.

Ere, who previously had a stint with the defunct Sharks FC of Port Harcourt and Akwa United, made the promise shortly after Heartland’s 1-1 draw against visiting Kano Pillars on Sunday.

He also posited that the new technical crew has identified gaps in the team, which he said will be fixed, to plough the team out of murky waters of relegation to safety before the end of the season.

“We have seen the lapses in the team. We are trying to make up for it. Before the next few games, expect a new Heartland Football Club. You can see, the way we played (against Kano Pillars) is different from other games. I believe we will pick up.

“Expect a new team when we play against Sunshine Stars of Akure in the next matchday. I am very optimistic that we will get a win in Akure, you can quote me,” he boasted.

On the draw against Pillars, he praised the team (Heartland) for what he described as “a tough battle,” but admitted they never expected the result.

“It was a surprising result. We never expected that we will draw. We expected a win. We came all out for the game. The boys fought with everything they had, but unfortunately for us the winning goal did not come,” Ere told npfl.ng.

Heartland currently occupy bottom spot on the 20-team NPFL log with 16 points from 20 matches.