By Jacob Ajom
In a sharp reaction to the CAF Champions League draw that pitched Heartland of Owerri with three North African teams, two of which are from Egypt, including six times champions, Al Ahly, assistant coach of the Nigerian representatives and former Nigeria international, Ben Iroha doused fears concerning the clubâ€™s fate in the group.
â€œItâ€™s going to be tough. North African opponents are strong, but we will qualify from the group,â€ Iroha responded, in a telephone interview with Sports Vanguard, banking on their recent experience in the same competition to see them through..
Resorting to permutations based on their abilities, the former Nigeria international who assisted chief coach, Kelechi Emetoele in guiding the club to the final last year said, â€œif we can win all our home matches that will give us 9 points. Then go away to draw one or two matches, that can guarantee us a place in the semi final. My brother at that point, anything can happen.â€
He recalled that â€œlast year we had equally tough clubs like Royal Armed Forces of Morocco and Etoile de Sahel of TunisiaÂ in our group and at the end we won them. I want to assure you that we will be ready for them.â€
Iroha said the team will be reinforced with some new players but would not disclose the names of the players, saying, â€œit is still a secret. But very soon, we let you know who and who will be coming in.â€