Abuja - Heartland posted a 2-0 comfortable win over Enugu
Rangers at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in the Nigeria Professional Football League
on Sunday evening.
Former Sharks striker Fortune Omoniwari powered the Naze Millionaires into the
lead after expertly converting a perfect pass from Emeka Ogbugh in the
The game needed to travel for just 18 extra minutes before the second goal was
registered as substitute Chidiebere Ajoku rocketed the ball home after he
latched on to Bright Ejike's assist to cushion the lead.
Razaq Adegbite should have put the Flying Antelopes in the lead after three
minutes but a defensive block from Wale Doyeni denied him.
Heartland came out of their shell and Babangida Hassan's left footer hit
the woodwork in the 9th minute.
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Evergreen central defender Okey Odita showed why experience counts in football
with a latch-ditch tackle to deny the goal-bound Ejike on the 15 minutes mark.
Deputy Governor of Imo State Prince Eze Madumere was present at the match venue
to cheer the Naze Millionaires to victory.
The introduction of Ajoku was the tonic the hosts needed to put the visitors
under intense pressure. The switch later turned out to yield positive result
Omoniwari fired home from an Emeka Ogbugh pass seven minutes after the hour
Rangers had two chances to at least equalize in a six-minute spell but young
goalkeeper Emmanuel Iwu was at his best to produce fantastic saves.
The first was from a free-kick with the second from a point-blank save after
Godwin Aguda found his way to the box before shooting at goal.
The saves proved crucial for Heartland as the game zoomed to the home stretch
with all to play for.
Heartland sealed victory five minutes from time.
Super-sub Ajoku fired in a bullet. It was a lovely assist from Ejike to set-up