Heartland Queens will hope to cement their hands on the lead when they confront the wayfarers from Yola, Adamawa Queens, in the NWFL Premiership matchday 8 clash on Wednesday, February 14 at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri. The Yola side won the first match 2-1 in Gombe, the fixture clash that ended football hostilities in the first stanza of the topflight.
That victory somehow has conferred on the Adamawa Queens a chalk-like edge over the Owerri mainstreams, being the first top-flight matchup between the premier leaguers after a fierce goalless draw in the 2021 NWFL Championship promotion playoffs in Abuja. However, the reverse fixture on Wednesday will be a different keg of gunpowder as the Owerri landladies will not only go for the jugular of their opponents but target a goal feast in order to hang on to their leadership position.
The Owerri side conjurewoman, Mary Lucky, who missed the action in Gombe due to national assignments, is back on the saddle to lead the onslaughts for the crucial victory and will be ably aided by the bullish stand-in tormentor-in-chief, Chinedu Chinaka, Chimebere Opara, and slippery Onyinyechi Kalu, who scored the match opener that later turned out to be a consolation for her side in Gombe.
The Owerri side gaffer, Obi Ogbala, who has been unsmiling since the sore loss in Gombe, is somehow relieved with the return and availability of Minister of Defense and hard-as-nail centre back, Onyedikachi Ekezie, from national duty. Options and compliments will come from the steel legs in the persons of Nnenna Williams, Chinyere Iheoma, Oluomachi Onwere, and Kelechi Orgii.
High-performing and reliable netminder Uchenna Chukwu will keep her gloves, while options to supply the killer passes will come from former junior internationals Oluchi Ofoegbu, Oluchi Okwara, and Marvellous Duru, among others.
Of course, the Owerri side understands the theatrics bedded in the business end of the league, the lows of being beaten twice in a season by the same side, as well as the aura that goes with a leader and is expected to go all out and push hardest, aimed at kick-starting the second term campaign on a resounding winning note. Heartland Queens lead the eight-team group’s log on 11 points, the same as close challengers and newcomers Dannaz Ladies, Nasarawa Amazons, and Confluence Queens on superior goals.