Federation Cup holders Heartland have re-echoed their plans to defend the trophy won last season with a convincing win over their Round of 32 foes Unicem Rovers in Aba this weekend.
The Naze Millionaires defeated Enyimba 1-0 in September last year to win the title and were drawn bye in the first round of the competition this term.
Assistant coach Ramsy Madu told Goal.com that they will beat the Calabar side and is sure they will retain the trophy again.
“We have not been too convincing in the league in recent times owing to hard luck. We don’t have much injury worries in the team but our main problem is our inability to hold on to our lead.
"We hope to have a different approach and game plan when we face Unicem Rovers in the Federation Cup. We are ready for them and I believe as the cup holders it is our objective to win the Cup again.
“I don’t think Unicem can stop us. We have not been doing well in the league but we want to compensate for that by doing very well in the Federation Cup just like we did last year,” Madu said.
Same optimism was expressed by Heartland’s media officer Cajetan Nkwopara and the Naze Millionaires' highest goals scorer Kabiru Umar, who has scored 9 goals in the league and 4 in their ill-fated Caf Confederation Cup campaign.
They both said that victory over Unicem Rovers on Friday in Aba will mark a turnaround in their season which they stated would hopefully end with another shot on the continent next season.