Abuja - Heartland goalkeeper Ebele Obi has criticized his side's
performance in the 1-0 away defeat to FC Ifeanyi Uba on Wednesday.
The elder brother to Super Eagles central midfielder John Obi Mikel, who has
also played for Enugu Rangers in his football career, believes the Naze
Millionaires lacked the fight against the Anambra Warriors.
“We must not lower our competitiveness. We lacked our usual aggression and that
must not be allowed to happen again,” Obi told News24, although he conceded
that the current Heartland side are still a team in the making.
“We've come off a good run where we have been playing well and we'd like to
have taken three points off Ifeanyi Uba. It was a slip-up and we must use it to
improve in the few games remaining in the season.
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“However, there are some players who have had virtually no minutes on the
pitch. Hopefully we can use them all, which means we will then be playing at
our highest level.
“Little by little we are taking the technical crew's ideas on board but that
takes time, both for the coaches and the team,” he explained.
The experienced goalie believes the match against Giwa FC will be a good time
to move forward.
“We must use it to work hard, maintain our intensity, clear our minds after the
last game and against Giwa this weekend eager and strong.
“Our objective then will be to reach a position in the table where we will be
able to fight for something,” he concluded.