By Jacob Ajom
Nigeriaâ€™s only surviving club in the 2010 CAF Champions League Heartland Football Club of Owerri have declared war on youthful Cameroonian side, Tiko Football Club, who they face this weekend.
A fortnight ago, the Naze landlords had held the Cameroun champions to an encouraging 2-2 draw in the first leg, played at the Re-unification Stadium, Cameroun.
Chairman of the Nigerian representatives, Ignatius Okeahialam, said, â€œwe are not going to underrate them as we will play them as if the first leg had not held. It is going to be total war.â€
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Sports Vanguard, Okeahialam said the Camerounians were a young side who play forcefully but with flare and a consistent attacking steam.
â€œThey are young, athletic and theyÂ pass the ball very well,â€ he said, adding, â€œbut we are equal to the task as we proved in the first leg.â€
He observed that although he was not underrating the visitors, he was sure that Heartland would triumph at the end of the day. â€œWe have got the experience and the ability. In Cameroon, they saw what we could do as each time they scored we replied with equal zest.â€They should be more scared of us.â€
â€œA goaless draw can see us through but we are not going in there to play for a draw as that could be counter productive,â€ the club boss said.