Ubido optimistic of heartland turnaround

Heartland captain and defensive midfielder, Julius Ubido has said nothing will make the side go down on relegation at the end of the on-going Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

The Naze Millionaires have claimed a paltry three points from possible 12 after NPFL matchday 4 hostilities.

The Owerri side shared the spoils 1-1 with newcomers, Go Round FC in Wednesday’s NPFL matchday 4 clash at the Krisdera Hotels Stadium in Omoku with the captain providing the equaliser for the side.

Ubido admitted that his side are slow starters but assured that their league fortune will shortly witness a drastic turnaround for good in the next few matches.

“At the Nigeria National League (NNL) we did not start off quite well but ended up winners of our conference.

“Right now we have not been impressive starting our comeback campaign in the premier league I see us finishing the season strongly.

“As we speak there is gradual and steady improvement going on in our performance after each match.

“We are perhaps the only team in the top-flight that did not go on preseason the only competitive game we embarked upon was the NNL Super 4 competition in Lagos.

“The effects are the negatives currently affecting our performance but we will soon overcome it for good.

“Enugu Rangers lost at home to Lobi Stars and came strongly to claim away points at our home ground.

“We showed strength in the 1-1 draw at newcomers, Go Round FC in Omoku, that’s a positive sign of good things to come in the shortest future.

“I’m sure we will reclaim the three points lost to Enugu Rangers somewhere else in no distant time.

“Right now I do not see us lose any other match on the league calendar to any opponents.

“Come on Sunday in Owerri against newcomers, Yobe Desert Stars our fortune will brighten up and the needed turnaround will start.

“I’m confident we will pick our first season’s victory in the clash against Yobe Desert Stars.

“Our teeming fans and supporters should keep faith with us and continuously pray for us as we are determined not to let them down.

“Heartland have come to stay in the top-flight there is nothing like relegation talk for us rather we will compete favourably for the available continental tickets and trophies in the land,” he told supersport.com.

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Born July 13, 1965, Fred Edoreh hails from Umeh, Isoko South, Delta State. He attended St. John Primary School, Iselegu, Mater Dei Collage Ashaka, St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Asaba for HSC and graduated in English and Literary Studies at Bendel State University, Ekpoma.
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