NWFL MD 5: Heartland Queens held by Naija Ratels to barren draw

Posted : 14 December 2023

Heartland Queens' technical adviser, Obi Ogbala, maintained his pride after his team was held to a goalless draw by the hosts, Naija Ratels, in Wednesday's NWFL Premiership matchday 5 clash at the military turf of Aguiyi Ironsi Stadium in FCT, Abuja, after being reduced to 10 players.

The conjurewoman of Owerri's mainstreams, Mary Lucky, received the marching orders after two cautions in the business end of the dugout.

Ogbala stated that both sides fought each other to a standstill in an attempt to claim the entire three points at stake.

"Well, actually, I came here to collect the three points, but when we got the red card, I had to rejig my team to be able to curtail them and at least get a point.

"Well, with one man down and fortunately, I have a good bench, that's why I wasn't jittery at all.

"We introduced Chinedu Chinaka to put the defense on alert. We are playing away, but we have to take the ball to them and at the same time try to slow them down so that we can go home with a draw," said the soft-spoken gaffer to the club's media.

The former Nasarawa Amazons sweat merchant said the away point against last season's nemesis, Naija Ratels, did not in any way hurt his side's dreams of a Super Six spot.

"Well, this match has come and gone. Naija Ratels is a good side; we are not taking anything away from them. But as we journey home, we are going to work on the next match against Dannaz Ladies.

"Surely, our dreams are to be in the Super Six, and nothing is going to stop us from achieving it.

"Since we came here to pick a point, we are going to scrutinize our mistakes here, correct them, and come up with match plans to take all the points in the next match against Dannaz Ladies," said the nominee for November's Naija Women Football Awards (NWFAwards).

The goalless draw at the Abuja-based side has taken the Owerri landladies' points haul to eight out of a possible 15, placing them second on the group's log, three points behind leaders Confluence Queens.

Heartland Queens will next play host to newcomers, Dannaz Ladies, in Wednesday's NWFL Premiership matchday 6 clash at the sacred turf, Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri.


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