Heartland chairman Chibuzor ‘Bash’ Etuemena has stated that his team’s patience has been rewarded with their first win in the NPFL and they hope to build on this going forward.
On Sunday, the Owerri club defeated Kwara United 2-0 in a Matchday 7 clash at the Dan Anyiam Stadium.
The Naze Millionaires, who were recently promoted to the top league, were without a win in their first six games as tension and apprehension loomed large at the club amidst financial constraints.
But goals in either half of the game by Abiodun Thompson (10 mins) and Nnamdi Egbujor (79 mins) buried the ghost of their winless run and a delighted club boss told Scorenigeria.com.ng his patience has finally paid off.
“I’m happy we won, it is the reward of our patience and I believe we can now build on this as the season progresses”, Etuemena told Scorenigeria.com.ng.
“I’ve always been a patient man all my life. And I’ve always waited on God for everything.
“I knew we were going to get things right only at His own time and it has finally happened”.
Aside the maximum points, Heartland were also rewarded with N300, 000 by a member of the House of Representatives, Chile Okafor, who promised the amount for any home win by the club.
Fuad Ekeloujiouti who was voted Man of the Match received a cash price of N10, 000.
The Man of the Match award was the second after Julius Ubido, captain of the club won the maiden edition.
It was instituted by the Chairman of the club Etuemena.
Chimankpam Onwuabuchi, 15, made his premier league debut after coming on for injured Abiodun Thompson in the first half.
Onwuabuchi set up Nnandi Egbujor for the second goal and promised to work harder in order to tie down a regular starting shirt in the team.