The hosts have vowed to beat the Jalingo Boys in Oba near Onitsha on Sunday despite their inability to have the game played in Owerri
Heartland will tackle FC Taraba in their new found home at the Rojenny Sports Complex, Oba near Onitsha on Sunday in a NPFL Week 13 tie after their request to play at the Enyimba International Stadium, Aba was turned down.
The Owerri side had preferred the Enyimba Stadium after the League Management Company (LMC) clamped down on the Dan Anyiam Stadium asking that renovation work should be done on the stadium if it wants to host Heartland’s matches but with Enyimba and Abia Warriors already designated for the stadium, Heartland looked for alternative so that the stadium turf won’t be burned out.
The Media Officer of the club, Cajetan Nkwopara told Goal that hands have been put on deck to ensure FC Taraba return home empty handed.
He also said the management of the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri supervised by the Imo State Sports Council has swung into action to ensure that the stadium is put in good order in the next few days so that Heartland don’t get to stay outside the state capital for too long.
“We are set for the match with FC Taraba. The venue change almost destabilized the team but we have gone over it and are ready for our opponents," Nkwopara told Goal.
"There is no small game again in the league and so we expect our players to lift up to expectation. We want our supporters too to come and support us."
Heartland are eighth on the log with 18 points from 12 matches while FC Taraba are 17thwith 11 points from 12 ties.