20th July, 2010
Coach of Nigeriaâ€™s Heartland Football Club, Samson Siasia, has assured the team will advance to the semi-final of the CAF Champions League despite being forced to a 1-1 draw by visiting Al Ahly of Egypt in their opening mini-league stage match at the Owerri Township Stadium, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria on Sunday.
The result puts the Nigerians in a tight corner ahead of their next match against J.S. Kabylie of Algeria in a fortnight.
â€œI donâ€™t have any fear in me that this team will qualify and play in the semi finals of this competition. I must say that my players did well against the Egyptian side,â€ Siasia who took over the team few weeks ago,” he said.
â€œNobody should write us off because the team will gradually get into their rhythm and make the fans happy. I know we have two away games, but we are going to give it our best shot,â€ said the former Nigerian international who won silver medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympics football event. Also in the same group with Heartland is another Egyptian club, Ismaili.