By Eddie Akalonu
Heartland FC coach Kelechi Emeteole has told Supersport United of South Africa to expect the drubbing of their lives when they meet in Owerri for the second leg CAF Champions League encounter this weekend.
Emeteole, nicknamed caterpillar,Â said that Heartland would not give the the visitors any breathing space to operate and wouldÂ roundly whip them.
His statement came in the wake of the 1-1 draw his side achieved against the SouthÂ Africans in penultimate Saturday first leg tie away at Rand Stadium, which did not go down well with the South Africans.
They have continued to pour venomous words on the centre referee from GhanaÂ for the poor result rather than look inwards for the cause.
Agency reports have quoted the Supersport United coach Gavin Hunt as roundly condemning the handling of their CAF Champions League game against Heartland by Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey believing he was a â€œdisgraceâ€
According to him,â€The referee was a disgrace. I donâ€™t know how many free-kicks and yellow cards were showed during the match. We also had an obvious penalty but he turned a blind eye when a Nigerian defender handled the ball inside the 18 area box.
Despite the results, Hunt expressed optimism his side would pay back Heartland on their own soil saying â€œ we are still confident of beating the Nigerian team and go to the next stage of the tournament.â€ Though Emeteole praised of Supersport United as being a good team, he however said with the first leg result, the South Africans will need to dig deep and do something extra ordinary, if they hope to upstage his team and advance to the next stage of the competition
â€œI rather feel Heartland are stronger and will have it instead. I have high respect for Supersport United because in the game they showed that they are a great side but what they saidÂ should be ignored because they lost. I was happy with the result, although I feel we should have done better,â€ said Emeteole who packs experience as ex- assistant coach of the Super Eagles, ex- coach of national Beach Eagles team.
â€œAfter scoring our goal, we gave them too much space which allowed them to get an equalizer. However, itâ€™s going to be a totally different ball game here in Nigeria and we will not give Supersport United any chance of doing something that could allow them advance to the next stage of the competition at our expense,â€Emeteole added