The Nigeria Football Federation has charged the countryâ€™s flag-bearers in the continent, Heartland FC of Owerri, Kano Pillars and Bayelsa United to go all out in their final group phase games away from home this weekend.
â€œWe heartily commend the teams for their superb displays last weekend, which have landed Pillars and Heartland in the semi- finals of the very prestigious CAF Champions League. As for Bayelsa United, their chances of semi-final placing may be slim, but it is never over until it is over.
â€œOur heartfelt appeal to the three teams is to go all out and win their away matches this weekend. Already, Pillars and Heartland have shown tremendous character, capacity and confidence in this yearâ€™s competition. Wins away from home will further bolster the two teamsâ€™ confidence before their semi-final matches which would be very toughâ€, said NFF Deputy General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu.
Amadu said on Wednesday that wins over their respective opponents could guarantee top spot in the different pools for Pillars and Heartland. â€œHeartland FC have 10 points to TP Mazembeâ€™s nine, and all they need to top the pool is beat their Zimbabwean hosts. Pillars can also top if they beat Al Merreikh in Sudan since their arch rivals, Al Hilal are equally playing away from home.
â€œThe NFF is very proud of the Clubs and will do everything to encourage them in the final stages, as they are set to bring honour to our dear countryâ€.
Bayelsa United are away to Stade Malien in Bamako but have somewhat undermined their chances by losing three of their matches so far, against Harras El Hedoud in Egypt, Stade Malien in Oghara and Primeiro in Angola.