No Relegation for Heartland

Heartland coach Ransom Madu has insisted that there is no need to panic after his team lost 1-3 to Sharks in the NPFL in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

Heartland fought hard in the game, but trailed by two goals from Jonah Abutu and substitute Thompson Stowe by the half hour mark.

The Naze Millionaires pulled one back in the 63rd minute through substitute Isah Akor, but Fortune Omoniwari's well struck freekick on the dot of full time put the game well beyond their reach.

The Owerri side have picked a paltry three points from their last five games, and have slipped down to 15th place on the NPFL log, but Madu is defiant they would not be relegated.

He told supersport.com that they were unlucky against Sharks, and that they were going home to prepare hard for the last couple of matches.

"I attribute this defeat to hard luck. Luck was not on our side and this caused us a lot of problems," he said.

"I promise that Heartland will not be relegated. We are going back to the drawing board to prepare for the remaining matches.

"We'll fight till the very end. You can see how hard we fought in this game, but we were unlucky.

"We played well, but Sharks were fortunate to score with the two freekicks they had from the edge of the penalty area.

"We have no option but to win our subsequent home games if we are to avoid falling deeper into the relegation battle."

Heartland have two straight home matches next against El-Kanemi Warriors and Enugu Rangers before rounding off the season away to Nasarawa United.

Heartland have never been relegated from the Nigeria's elite division.

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