Struggling Heartland Battle Ismaily In Champions League


•Siasia, Heartland’s Coach.

Nigeria’s Heartland FC are not having it easy in the ongoing CAF Champions League with only one point in two matches played so far.

•Heartland coach Siasia: Ponders how his team will survive Ismaily test.

This Sunday, the Nigerian side will be playing away against Egypt’s Ismaily in their third match of the group with one thing in their mind that they must win the encounter if they want to remain in contention in the lucrative league.

To ensure that they achieve their tall ambition on the Egyptian soil, Heartland have bolstered their attack with the arrival of four new players ahead of this weekend’s decisive clash away to Ismaily.

The players are Ghanaian striker Isaac Oduro, formerly of Akwa United, Chibuzor Ozurumba, Emma Nwachi from Dolphins and Damien Udeh, whose loan deal at Enugu Rangers has ran out.

Udeh is an experienced attacking midfielder who has played for Enyimba as well as in the Tunisian league, while the other new additions are strikers.

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“We are happy with our defence, but scoring goals is proving to be difficult for us. That was why we registered these players for the Champions League,” Heartland team manager, Emeka Iwuagwu, told

Heartland are third in the standings in Group B with a point from two matches and tackle bottom team Ismaily on Sunday in continuation of the Champions League.

“We have no option but to win in Egypt,” declared Iwuagwu.

Coach Samson Siasia is also leaving nothing to chance to ensure that his team do not disappoint Nigerians  as he said that he has perfected his game’s plan for the match.

Heartland have been in residential training in Nnewi since last weekend. They flew out to Egypt through Lagos yesterday.

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