8 April 2012

Nigeria: Confederations Cup - De Kruif, Chukwu Sure of Heartland's Victory

Nigerian representatives in the CAF Confederation's Cup Heartland of Owerri Football Club will today take on the Cameroonian side, Unisport Nkam in the return leg of the CAF competition at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri.

The Naze Millionaires penultimate Saturday picked a point in the first leg in Cameroon when they played goalless, though without the presence of their technical adviser Lodewijk De Kruif.

For De Kriuf and former Super Eagles coach Christian Chukwu, victory is sure, especially with the fact that they ( players) would be playing on their home soil, a morale booster they said will help the players who will be cheered by thousands of the Owerri fans.

"Really, it is an important match and a must win match for us. Having picked a point in Cameroon, we need the maximum three points to move forward in the competition. It is also an opportunity for the players to prove themselves at home.

Continuing he said, "Playing in the Dan Anyiama stadium, is a moral boaster for the players and they are brimming with confidence especially as they have been motivated by the management to go all out to beat the Cameroonian team," De Kriuf said.

For Chukwu, who is the club's technical consultant, it is a must win as he is confident that the team will defeat their visitors, insisting that Heartland will be too hot for the Cameroonians.

"We need to grab the maximum three points at home, especially as the team will get support from their fans. We are battle ready. The team, as you can see, have been doing well in the league. We have what it takes to do well in the continent this term,"Chukwu said.

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