By Onochie Anibeze & Patrick Omorodion
Heartland showed hunger in the first half and contentment in the second half.They scored four goals in that first half to assuage their thirst and deserved nothing in the second half, when they lacked the drive.
Their victory in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals against Kano Pillars, was a good promotion for Nigerian football.
On a pitch that cannot guarantee good football, they showed the aggression that is usually lacking in the national team.
They marked well and attacked well and they enjoyed the sweet victory, for their efforts against a Kano Pillars side that also looked good.
But no national team coach was around to watch two top Nigerian sides in the continentâ€™s semi-final match, underscores how irrelevant they think the domestic players are.
But the price is the lack of competitiveness and fighting spirit that characterize the Green Eagles. It remains a major concern of all the top football administrators and fans here.
Emeka Nwanna headed in Heartlandâ€™s first goal in the 15th minute and Uchenna Agba the second goal, two minutes later, with a terrific shot that made all to stand in the stadium. Kano Pillars tried to play a passing game but the marking abilities of Heartland spoiled their fun and Heartland, also, did a brilliant thing by consistently, getting the ball behind Kano Piillarsâ€™s defenders and putting them under pressure.
Emeka Nwanna scored a spectacular bicycle kick in the 35th minute and Uchenna Agba, made it four, a minute to half time.
Heartland came into the second half, appearing contented with their goals and started being stylish.
They lacked all the aggression they displayed in the first half. It was simply characteristic of Nigerian players and the result was no goal in the half.
Coach Kelechi Emeteole said they worked for the goals and deserved to win while Emeka Nwanna said they were on course to reaching the final, where they hope to win the cup.