Heartland’s general manager Fan Ndubuoke has disclosed he hopes that the Naze Millionaires' victory at the Super 4 pre-season tournament should be the ideal tonic the club needs to make an appreciable impact in the Caf Confederation Cup this year.
The revered Naze Millionaires put aside their internal challenges to record a morale boosting triumph in the pre-season tourney with wins over Kano Pillars (1-0) and Lobi Stars (2-0) as well as a 2-2 draw against Enugu Rangers to cart away the trophy and the monetary incentive that accompanied it.
Speaking with Goal.com after the competition, Ndubuoke acknowledged the massive support of the players and the back room staff whom he confessed has contributed to the success of the team with all they have.
He, however, added that the catalogue of victories which have trailed the management of Heartland ever since he stepped in as the general manager were not accidental but came after a conscientious and honesty-driven style of his administration.
Ndubuoke noted that his management had nothing to prove to anybody with their latest success in the pre-season tournament organised for Nigerian clubs on the continent this year though he warned his players and officials not to get carried away by their latest achievements at the detriment of their campaign in the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) and the CAF Confederation Cup this year.
According to the sports writer turned football administrator:"We have nothing else to prove to anybody either at managerial level or at the pitch level. I'm proud of the boys. They have done the state and themselves proud and I am only hopeful that we remain with this winning mentality as we go into camp for the premiership this year.
"I'm happy and excited that in spite of our challenges they have been able to go there to do the state and the country proud. It is even sweeter when you at it from the angle that it was a competition organised for the 4 teams that are playing on the continent.
"Heartland have won the Federation Cup back to back, we have the Champion of Champions Cup back to back and this time they also introduced Super 4 to be competed for among Nigeria's representatives in the Caf inter-club competitions which we have also won. I don't know what else anybody should expect from us. I think we have delivered. What is left for us is to storm the Confederation Cup competition with the same enthusiasm hoping to do far better than we did last year."
The Owerri-based club lost in the third round of the same Confederation Cup last year to eventual winners AC Leopards of Congo.