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Ubido wants home turf for NPFL

20 December 2017, 15:51

Heartland captain and defensive midfielder Julius Ubido's greatest desire is to play at their hallowed ground, the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri, as they kick off their comeback campaign in the 2017/18 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

The Naze Millionaires' home turf, the Dan Anyiam Stadium, is undergoing reconstruction and rehabilitation at the moment with less than 35 days to go to the commencement of the new league season as the Owerri outfit train at their camp base in Naze.

The Owerri side will start their NPFL campaign on home ground against Sunshine Stars.

Ubido said despite the lull in their build-up to the new football season the side are ready to compete in the coming season.

“I want us to play the whole season at our hallowed ground as it will act as a boost to our campaign.

“I do not want us to be relocated to any other place as such a move will rob us the support of our fans.

“The stadium is under reconstruction at the moment, no form of football activity is going on there as we train in Naze.

“I just hope that everything will be done to get the place ready for the clash against Sunshine Stars.

“Sunshine Stars are not pushovers, we must be at our very best and well-oiled to get the first three points.

“Victory in the clash will go a long way to boost our campaign in the top-flight.

“Originally, I thought we would kick-off our campaign in an away match, but playing at home should be a great motivation.

“The coaches and management are doing their best under the circumstances to get us ready for the new season.

“We were supposed to go on closed camping but that didn't come through.

“Funding constraints is the biggest challenge confronting us.

“We train daily to keep fit, hoping to hit the ground running once funds are available for the numerous programmes lined up for the season.

“Ours is not the best of the circumstances, but we strongly believe that something will happen fast.

“We had a similar experience in the Nigeria National League (NNL) and we conquered that and we hope to do the same again in the top-flight.

“I believe our comeback campaign will go well,” said the former Lobi Stars utility player to supersport.com.

Heartland are among the promoted sides to the top-flight. Others are Go Round FC, Kwara United and Yobe Desert Stars.

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