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Fidelis Ilechukwu upbeat ahead of Enugu Rangers’ Oriental derby clash with Heartland

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By Wale Mustapha

Fidelis Ilechukwu, Technical Adviser of Enugu Rangers, exudes confidence as his team prepares for the upcoming Oriental derby against Heartland in the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL).

With both teams set to face off in a highly anticipated Matchday 27 fixture in Aba on Sunday, Ilechukwu remains optimistic about Rangers’ chances, despite the challenge posed by their perennial rivals.

Rangers, currently enjoying an eight-match unbeaten run, aim to extend their streak against a resurgent Heartland side that has shown signs of improvement in recent matches.

Acknowledging the significance of the clash for both teams, Ilechukwu stressed the importance of giving due respect to Heartland while remaining focused on achieving the best possible result.

“We respect Heartland for the quality that they bring to the table especially when it’s in a game involving teams from the East,” Ilechukwu stated in an interview with Rangers’ media in Enugu.
“However, we have our job cut out and we have our game plans for the match and I am positive going into the match.  There is no room for underrating the Owerri side as football is what it is and we shall take the encounter with all the seriousness it deserves.”

Emphasizing the need to avoid underestimating their opponents, Ilechukwu emphasized the importance of approaching the encounter with the seriousness it deserves.

Heartland currently occupies the 19th position on the table with 23 points from 26 games, while Rangers sit in second place with 45 points from the same number of matches played.

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