By Ime Bassey & KATE OBODO
All week 30 matches of the Nigerian Premier League will hold today due to the Super Eagles’ World Cup qualifiers billed for tomorrow in Calabar.
Confirming this to Inside Out Premier League, acting secretary of the NPL, Tunji Babalola disclosed that the action was for the interest of the nation’s football.
He also appealed to the management of the clubs to bear with the board on any inconveniences they may experience.
“We have shifted all Week 30 matches to Saturday for the interest of our football. Super Eagles will be playing on Sunday and they deserve all football stake holders’ support. We are appealing to all the twenty (20) teams in the league to bear with us for any inconveniences that will be experienced,” Babalola said.
Chukwu keen on top three finish with Heartland
Technical consultant to Heartland Football Club of Owerri, Christian Chukwu has stated that Heartland are focused on defending the FA Cup title they won last year and also finish amongst the top teams in the league.
Chukwu reiterated that the Owerri side have put behind them their early elimination from the CAF Confederation Cup which, he alleged resulted from the poor officiating experienced during the match.
“We have put the defeat behind us and are focused on defending last year’s Federation Cup. More so we want to do better in the league so we can return to the continent next season.
“It is painful to have lost in the CAF Confederation Cup especially with the fact that we were much more focused than ever before and were eying the cup. Unfortunately it did not work out as planned.
Aneke denies any rift with Cooreman
Warri Wolves striker, Jude Aneke has said that there is no rift between him and his manager, Maurice Cooreman as reported by some sections of the media.
Aneke who stated that he is in good relationship with his Belgian boss, debunked claims that his trainer criticized him for failing to live up to expectation and wanted him replicate his last season’s goal scoring form.
“Cooreman is just like a father to me and every other player in the team. He made me a top player right from our days in Kaduna. I have a perfect relationship with him and I will always respect his opinion,” he said
Continuing he said, “Working with him (Cooreman) makes one to work hard. He wanted me to start scoring which is understandable from a coach who knows what he wants from his player. That doesn’t mean we have any misunderstanding.”
The former Kaduna United star forward expressed sadness over his inability to reproduce his last season form with Warri Wolves this term. “Really, it has not been good for me this season but I hope to do better as we proceed. Cooreman has been the best coach I have worked with in my career,” Aneke stressed.