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Heartland blames government for struggle

26 August 2013, 11:00

Abuja - Heartland has blamed their current struggles in the local league to a lack of support from the Imo State Government.

The side is flirting with relegation and their woes mounted this past weekend as they fell to fellow relegation battlers Lobi Stars.  The defeat has left them one place above the relegation zone.

"It is obvious there is problem (sic) in the team, we have the quality to win the league, but our major this season (sic) is lack of motivation and the state government is not showing any concern about the team again.

"Maybe they do not want the team again,” a senior player said.

With four teams to be relegated at the end of the season, Heartland cannot afford to drop more points with the latest defeat leaving them rooted fifth from the bottom.

While they struggled somewhat at Katsina-Ala Stadium on Sunday, Lobi Stars were worthy of their 1-0 win.

Douglas Achiv scored the winner from a free kick in the 17th minute.

Lobi Stars coach Evans Ogenyi said his team could have beat Heartland more comprehensively, but they were wasteful in front of goal.

Lobi have now climbed to 15th on the league table with 35 points.

“It was a game we would have won with a very wide margin but my strikers were wasteful. We got so many begging chances.

"However, Heartland did well too. They disrupted our plans, but we fashioned a way out. We need to start converting our chances as goal difference may count at the end of the day,” Ogenyi said.

 - CAJ News


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