Efugh Relishes Heartland’s Victory


Stand-in skipper of the victorious Heartland Football Club of Owerri, Chinedu Efugh, has said that his side’s 1-0 victory over Enyimba Football Club of Aba in the final of this year’s Federation Cup has brought great joy to the entire team.

Efugh, who won the Most Valuable Player award in the cracker, said this while speaking to sports journalists after the match.

“I feel very happy that we are taking the Federation Cup to Imo State. I am happy that it is during the time that I am leading the team that we won the trophy. Nigerians can bear me witness that the victory of today did not come cheap because Enyimba tried their best to equalise but we made it impossible for them,” said Efugh, who scored the only goal of the match.

The player added that it was the team’s determination that propelled the Owerri-based club to win the match despite their poor run in the Nigeria Premier League.

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“Nobody thought we could win the match because of our position in the league. We were seen as a pushover even before the match. We made up our mind to win the match because of the name, history and the cup and I am happy we are able to achieve our goal,” said the former Rangers of Enugu defender.

Meanwhile, the injured Heartland captain, Chibuzor Okonkwo, said that he is happy that his side were able to prove bookmakers wrong with the defeat of Enyimba in the match.

“I am happy because of this victory. Though I did not play the match, I still consider myself as one of the players because I would have played if not for the injury that I had. I am so happy because this is our first trophy in 23 years,” said Okonkwo.

—Bimbo Ajayi