By Solomon Nwoke, who was in Owerri
Heartland FC Owerri defender, Ikechukwu Thankgod said that their result against the Al Ahly of Egypt will not deter them from lifting the CAF Champions League trophy this year.
Thankgod submitted that Heartland can only get betterÂ leading to the business end of the continentâ€™s richest club competition.
â€œThis was not a bad start against Ahly because we have gone through this road before and came out better for it. We have a very good team who will go all the way and win the competition this year,â€ said Thankgod.
He also said the absence of the key players who were part of the team in the runners-up feat last year left a big hole clubâ€™s quest for another glory this year.
However, Mohamed Abou-Treika, a regular face in the Al Ahly in the continental club championship during the past half decade remains upbeat of the â€˜Red Devilsâ€™ quest to grab a convincing result to put their ambitions of an unprecedented seventh title on track.
The talented midfielder has been an integral part of the Ahly squad since joining in 2004 and was instrumental in their continental conquest of 2005, 2006 and 2008.
Abou-Treika, twice winner of the Africa Cup of Nations with Egypt in 2006 and 2008 who was named as Best Player on the continent by CAF in 2008 secured the much deserved point for his side in Owerri
â€œThe result we got today (Sunday) is very important for our course.Â We know that we are in a very difficult group, but I want to say that weÂ are focused for the game and we have prepared very well for the game this year and we are not going to let off any steam, nut improve on our performance with each gameâ€, he said