Off the back of a fiercely fought goalless draw last Wednesday against Confluence Queens on home soil, Heartland Queens are gearing up for a revenge showdown at last season's nemesis, Naija Ratels.
The upcoming matchday 5 of the ongoing 2023/2024 NWFL Premiership season is crucial for the Obi Ogbala-tutored side to amend two previous defeats against the Abuja-based team and create an alluring victory.
In current form, the Owerri mainstreams appear well-prepared to secure a sweet victory against their two-time nemesis, Naija Ratels.
Recalling that the Owerri landladies shared a goalless draw with the wayfarers from Lokoja, Kogi state, while the Abuja side split the points against the Oil City team, Royal Queens, with a one-goal apiece result, anticipation is high for Wednesday's matchup.
The game is scheduled for the military turf of Aguiyi Ironsi Stadium in FCT, Abuja, on Wednesday, December 13.
With minimal changes expected in the lineup against Confluence Queens, the Owerri side's gaffer is likely to maintain trust in his reliable players to deliver in this revenge-seeking clash.
High-performing goalkeeper Uchenna Chukwu is a sure bet to wear her gloves and will be shielded from sucker punches by tough defenders Kelechi Orgii, Onyedikachi Ekezie, Ekaette Akpata, and Chinyere Iheoma.
The creative force, Mary Lucky, who was the Woman of the Match in the Confluence City encounter, and has shown an improvement in her lethal shooting, will be entrusted to lead the attacks, complemented by Chimebere Opara, Chinwendu Orji, and Chinedu Chinaka.
Midfield maestros Oluchi Okwara, Marvellous Duru, and former junior International Oluchi Ofoegbu are certain to spread and supply the killer passes that will challenge the hosts, Naija Ratels.
A victory in Abuja would position the Owerri side strongly to contend for the top spot, being just a point behind leaders Nasarawa Amazons on the eight-team Group A log.
Heartland Queens' next fixture will be a welcoming encounter for newcomers Dannaz Ladies on NWFL Premiership matchday 6 at their revered ground, Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri.