The Naze Millionaires secured their first ever away win on Thursday against the Warriors who have beaten them twice in Owerri in the Nigeria Professional Football League in recent seasons and Dokubo who guided his team to achieve the feat is thrilled with the victory.
Evans Iyoro’s first-half goal was enough to hand a crucial win to the Owerri side and Dokubo while reviewing the game disclosed that they were happy with the win and that it has gone a long way in confirming that they are set for their Federation Cup clash with Cofine in Port Harcourt on Sunday.
“I want to inform you that there is no easy match and that game with Abia Warriors was a tough one,” Dokubo told Goal.
“I am happy that we were able to beat them in Umuahia because it is what we have always struggled to do in the past and it is to show that we are doing something right since we took over. We used the game to assess our preparations for the Federation Cup competition and I can say that we are on course.
“It was a very tactical game but the wet pitch didn’t allow for free flow of the game also. I am thrilled that my boys were able to withstand the heat after getting the only goal and they held on until the very end.”
Heartland have won the Federation Cup on three occasions in the past in 1988, 2011 and 2012 but they have failed to progress to the quarter-final since they last won it six years ago.
FULL FIXTURES OF THE FEDERATION CUP ROUND OF 64 AND THEIR VENUES
Akwa United- Hope of Glory Port Harcourt
Kano Pillars Feeders-Crown FC Minna
Kwara United- All-Stars (Ogun) Ibadan
Nyansagwana (Taraba)-FC IfeanyiUbah Abuja
Ngwa United (Ebonyi)- Kano Pillars Lokoja
Doma United (Gombe)- J. Atete (Delta) Makurdi
Dan Masari (Kebbi)- Go Round Abuja
Gombe United- Dynamite Lafia
Cofine (Akwa Ibom)- Heartland Port Harcourt
Shooting Stars-Supreme Court Benin
Wikki Tourist-Crime Busters Lafia
George Turnah (Bayelsa)-Nasarawa Utd Enugu
Katsina United Feeders- Jigawa Golden Stars Kaduna
Smart City (Lagos)-Abia Warriors Warri
Aklosendi (Nasarawa)-FRSC (Abuja) Lokoja
Katsina United- Madagali Utd Jos
Enugu Rangers-Niger Tornadoes Feeders Ibadan
Sunshine Stars-FC Ifeanyi Ubah Feeders Benin
Delta Stars-Kogi United Akure
Rivers United-Gusau Eleven (Zamfara) Lafia
Samba FC (Jigawa)-El Kanemi Warriors Damaturu
Bayelsa United- Fasbir (Sokoto) Ilorin
Lobi Stars-Standard FC (Kaduna) Snake Island (Nasarawa)
ABS FC – Kebbi United Minna
Yobe Desert Stars-DMD FC (Borno) Gombe
Sokoto United- MFM Lokoja
Bendel Insurance- Remo Stars Akure
Zabgai (Bauchi)-Plateau United Kaduna
Ekiti United- Mighty Jets Minna
Wasiu Alabelewe (Osun)-Enyimba Warri
FC Minda (Benue)-Osun United Benin
Chief of Staff (Adamawa)- Niger Tornadoes Jos