Head coach of Heartland FC of Owerri Alphonsus Dike has commended his playing staff following their spirited display in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Rivers United in a NPFL week 11 fixture.
Heartland were the quicker of the two sides out of the blocks and deservedly took the lead in the 24th minute through Anthony Oussou. United were level in the 38th minute through Chukwunonso Okonkwo to end the opening 45 minutes at 1-1. After the break, Onyebuchi Ajunwa who reacted quickest in a crowded United penalty to slot home from close range.
Reacting to Sunday’s vital win, Dike who was full of praise for his playing staff in a press statement after the encounter said: “It was a keenly-contested game and a good result for us. My boys were able to adapt to the situation; they played the way they were supposed to in the end.
The United coach, Stanley Eguma also praised Heartland for the win.
“It wasn’t a bad game. I commend Heartland FC because they fought very hard when the odds were against them.
“The two teams gave a good account of themselves. I also commend my players for fighting until the end,” he said.
The loss saw United drop two places on the log to seventh with 16 points from 11 games while Heartland move up to 10th with 14 points from 10 matches.