NPFL: Enyimba Defeats Heartland 1-0 In Abia State


Enyimba International FC defeated Heartland FC 1-0 on Match Day 30 of the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL), at the Enyimba Stadium in Aba, Abia State.

Enyimba’s Ekene Awazie scored the only goal of the match for the hosts in the 35th minute after a pass from Chigozie Chilekwu.

The home team could not convert its numerous chances as Heartland FC goalkeeper and Defender Anyanwu did well to maintain the slim margin as the match finished 1-0 to Enyimba.

The result lifted Enyimba into second position on the NPFL table with 51 points, while Heartland remained in 19th with 26 points after 30 matches.

“It feels good to win games and we know it is going to be a tough one because, Heartland FC is fighting to survive relegation,” Enyimba coach George Finidi said. “But looking at the game, I think we had all the chances to score lots of goals but that did not happen.”

“At a time in the game, I became scared of the visitors attacking threat but thank God it ended in our favour. I believed that we are going to win because, I told the players to win this game for my birthday and I they did just that.”

George said that his team is battling injury at the moment and was forced to make adjustments in the defence in the match against the visitors.

“We had a lot of injuries in defence and that was why we converted a midfielder Chibuike Nwaiwu and defensive midfielder Daniel Daga into full defence and it worked out well,” Finidi added.

“Though it ended 1-0 but we missed lot of chances and the strikers know that they could have done better in the game and they are not happy. The strikers are not happy but we have to do our work which is to psyche them up for the next match which we need to win as well.”

Tuesday’s NPFL Results

Akwa United 4-1 Niger Tornadoes

Bayelsa United 1-1 Katsina United

Bendel Insurance 2-1 Kano Pillars

Rangers International 3-2 Abia Warriors

Enyimba 1-0 Heartland Owerri

Gombe United 1-2 Kwara United

Rivers United 3-1 Plateau United

Sporting Lagos 1-0 Sunshine Stars

Shooting Stars 2-0 Lobi Stars.

NPFL Match Day 30 table.



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