Owerri - Heartland striker, Bright Ejike has said the side’s late unimpressive performance in the domestic league will count for nothing against Nigeria Nationwide League (NNWL) side, Bizi Cashless FC, Supersport reports.
The Naze Millionaires will confront the Jigawa-based amateur league side in Wednesday’s Federation Cup round of 64 clash at the Fifa Goal Project ground in Abuja.
Ejike said his side are not going to make the unpardonable mistake of treating the challengers with kid gloves.
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“As far as we’re concerned coupled with what the Federation Cup stands for Bizi Cashless FC are not pushovers or small fish and we won’t make the costly mistake of treating them as cheap rather we’re going all out to grab the crucial victory that will keep us in the race.
“The side are not yet involved in any league duties but have been training specifically for the encounter which means they, too want to progress in the competition.
“Of course, the recent league losses to Abia Warriors, Sunshine Stars and Enugu Rangers will have no effect on our performance against the amateur side.
“We’ve equally won some important matches previously before the recent defeats and will still win several matches in future.
“What we’re passing through at the moment is not strange to football, I think that’s the ups and downs often witness in the round leather game and I’m quite sure it will soon be a thing of the past.
“Nobody not even our teeming fans and supporters should write us off but rather rally round us at this teething period.
“Federation Cup is entirely different ball game and we’re determined to make it to the podium once again,” said the former Sharks marksman to supersport.com.
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