Owerri - Federation Cup holders, Heartland, will take no part in the Round of 32 after Thursday's draws in Abuja.
The Owerri club were drawn bye into the next round of the 2013 Federation Cup as defending champions, Supersport reports.
Heartland captain, Chinedu Efugh, is happy that his team will be spared of featuring in an additional match this season after he learned of being drawn bye.
"I hear we have been drawn bye. Of course we deserve it as champions. Also, we won't have to bother ourselves about playing more games and that allows us prepare well to defend our title," Efugh, whose nickname is Chicago, said.
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