Coach Fidelis Ilechukwu insists “Heartland were unlucky” in their surprise 1-0 home defeat to MFM FC.
Clement Ogwu stunned the Naze Millionaires with a 37th minute header in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) opener on Sunday.
“The first half was played with a little fear against a side that defended very well. After the break we started fairly well,” said the Coach to Futbalgalore.com after Heartland lost to his former club MFM FC at the Okigwe Township Stadium.
“We forced goalline clearances and saves. I cannot ask for anything more from my players at the moment.
“There’s no point acting like victims now and we must instead restart from the good things seen. The performance showed there are quality players in this side, but there are always going to be difficulties at the start and we need calm to grow slowly.”
“At the start of the season teams can win a game with one shot on goal. Of course we have to improve and the result was negative, but we were unlucky today and the lads played with heart, especially at the end.