Fan Ndubuoke: Heartland will protect the 2-1 lead against Bitam

In spite of the plethora of crises within the Naze Millionaires’ fold, the Nigeria representatives are still confident of getting past their Gabonese opponents on Saturday

Despite travelling to Libreville, Gabon on Friday morning ahead of Saturday’s CAF Confederation Cup first round second leg cracker, Nigeria's Heartland have assured that they would get a positive result against US Bitam.

The Naze Millionaires were due to travel on Thursday but they had to change their travel plans after they couldn't get enough seats for the 31 man contingent in their preferred Askar Airlines.

The Gabonese registered airline, Askar issued only 10 tickets to 10 players which would have made the team to travel in batches but after it was discovered that there would be no accompanying official to lead the players on the trip, the team was deboarded.

Having arrived Bitam successfully ahead of the crunch tie on Saturday, the General Manager of the Owerri based club, Fan Ndubuoke told that all the setback the team had on their way to Libreville had become things of the past as they set out to maintain their 2-1 first leg advantage against US Bitam on Saturday.

Ndubuoke stated that the team’s  spirit is not dampened by what happened rather, Heartland see it as an act of God.

"Sometimes when a team is challenged this way, you see the best coming out of everybody. We’ll do our best to be in Gabon and we’ll do our best to qualify,” he assured.

Heartland defeated US Bitam 2-1 through Jolly Osas and Isah Akor strikes but they lowered their guard and allowed the Gabonese to steal a precious away goal in Owerri.