Port Harcourt - Heartland FC of Owerri defeated Crown of Ogbomosho, 2-0 to qualify for the semi finals of the Federation Cup.
Crown’s coach, Oyadunmi Oyekale told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) shortly after the match on Monday in Port Harcourt that his players gave a good account of themselves in spite of the loss. The match was played at the Liberation stadium, Port Harcourt.
"I think the boys put up a good fight. They were very young and inexperienced and to them, it is an achievement.
"Heartland scored two good goals against us with their experience. We had our chances but could not take them.
"We will go back to the drawing board and prepare for the next soccer season,’’ he said.
Heartland’s Bello Koformata scored the first goal in the 14th minute while Chinedu Efugh scored the second goal in the 44th minute. Heartland’s chief coach, Ndubuisi Nduka told NAN that Crown team surprised them because they put up a good fight.
"Crown boys surprised me. They played very good football. They were committed to the game and they gave us a very good match.
"But I want to praise my boys because we laid emphasis on finishing during our training because that had been our problem.
"They took two good chances and it made it for us."
On their semi-final match, Nduka said as defending champions, they were prepared to take on any team. "We are the defending champions and we are ready to take on any team. our intention is to retain the cup," he said.
The semi finals of the cup will hold in Calabar and Ilorin at a date to be fixed by the Nigerian Football Federation.