Heartland Queens gaffer relieved after first win


Head coach of Heartland Queens of Owerri, Benjamin Nwoke has sounded the resurgence alarm to other teams in the Nigeria Women’s Football League after recording their first win of the season.

Heartland Queens fought hard to earn a well-deserved victory away from home on match-day six by beating Royal Queens 1-0 on Wednesday at the Sapele Township Stadium in Sapele, Delta State.

A volley from petite winger, Chinwendu Orji, in the 40th minute proved decisive to hand the Owerri landladies their first win in the six-week Nigerian women’s topflight.

It’s been a tough fight to break the winless streak by coach Nwoke and his girls, after back to back barren draws against champions, Bayelsa Queens and Rivers Angels.

“It’s a result we’ve been waiting for and we dedicate it to the fans, the management and the government. I inherited this team some three months back and we have been working on the philosophy of the team.

“In the beginning we lost two games away and drew two others, but in our last three games we have kept clean sheets and we haven’t lost. I believe we are now ready for business,” Nwoke told our correspondent.

The coach believes there is more to come from his side as the league approaches mid-season.

“So, having done it by getting our first three points in Sapele, we are a team to watch out for, and not a team to write off. I also call for motivation for the players and officials, so we can do more and we promise more victories going forward.

“At the same time, we will continue to rebuild and re-strategise our approach towards every game and from there we can pick more point.”

The hard-fought win has momentarily pulled the side out of the red line with a home clash against Osun Babes next Wednesday to wrap up an enduring first half campaign.