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Heartland’s Ike ThankGod seeks the fall of Enyimba

15:25 SAST 2018/06/13
Ike ThankGod
The Naze Millionaires defender has tasked his teammates to work extra harder to ensure the People’s Elephant are beaten in Owerri

Heartland’s Ike ThankGod has urged his teammates not to remain downcast by the manner of their defeat to Enugu Rangers and think of what they must do to unlock Enyimba in Owerri on Wednesday.

The Naze Millionaires are still at the basement of the league table with 19 points from 23 games and are in dire need of the maximum points to go into the World Cup break full of optimism that they still stand a chance.

ThankGod won’t be available for the make or mar fixture against his former club because he received a straight red card against Enugu Rangers last weekend but he told his teammates that they must stay together and believe that they can beat the People’s Elephant irrespective of the enormous difference between both teams in the league log.

“It was really disappointing that we had to leave Enugu without anything despite the hard work we put in to ensure that we picked at least a point,” ThankGod told Goal.

“We have another tough game on Wednesday against Enyimba and it is yet another oriental derby one in which we must be careful but very firm that only the three points will be ideal for us at this stage. It is best for us to go into the World Cup break with a winning mentality and by the time the league season continues next month, we will still have all to play for.

“It wasn’t a good day for us against Rangers and I am still at a loss to why I was red-carded in that game. In as much as I tried to forget that episode it is still very difficult for me but I have pleaded with my teammates to ensure that they win the game for me.

“We may be at our lowest ebb because of our position but we are doing everything possible to lift our spirits. We know that a win will go a long way in ensuring that we still have the support of our fans who are presently not happy with our performance.”

The former Enyimba and Abia Warriors defender hinted that Heartland will use the period of the World Cup break to get to know one another better to ensure that the blend of the old and new players will be able to take them away from the drop zone.

“It is a shame that we are at this precarious position but we still believe that we have what it takes to get out of it with more hard work.

“We are planning to use the World Cup break to get to know ourselves better so that by the time we return from the break we will be better equipped for the remainder of the season. We know that we still have an open chance and we are desperate to ensure we seize that chance.”