NPFL: Heartland, Rangers Friendly Ends In Stalemate
Nigeria Premier League clubs are keeping themselves busy while they anxiously await the resumption of action in the NPFL.
Two Oriental clubs, Heartland FC and Enugu Rangers tested their might in a friendly and the tie played inside the Dan Anyiam stadium, Owerri ended in a stalemate.
The ‘Naze Millionaires’ fought back gamely to force the visitors to a 2-2 draw in a rain soaked mid-season practice match.
Youth professional, Ugochukwu Ugwueme broke the deadlock on the 21st minute before Osayi Itua doubled the advantage four minutes later.
If the first half belonged to the visitors, the second clearly was for the host as coach Ere Dokubo rigged his squad throwing in five players at the start of the second stanza.
That decision proved perfect as two goals in a space of ten minutes after the re-start from Abiodun Thompson on 50 minutes and Uche Oguchi’ sublime free kick from 30 meters on 55 minutes ensured the game ended on even note.
“It was a very good match for us as we prepare for the re-start of the league. Both teams played well despite the difficult nature of the playing turf. I noticed the pattern the opponents were playing and made the changes in the second half and it paid off. The result was a fair result for both sides,” stated coach Ere Dokubo of Heartland after the encounter.
Technical Adviser of Rangers, coach Olugbenga Ogunbote said after the match, “The result was not a bad one but if you look at the factors leading to conceding the two goals, shows we were a bit careless however, there are positives from the game as we were able to expose our youth professionals to tough opponents as will be seen when the league resumes.”
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