Pre-Season Friendly: Uche Oguchi's penalty fires Heartland past Akwa United

Akwa United went down to Heartland FC of Owerri in a pre-season friendly played at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri on Sunday.
Akwa United new coach Rafael Everton featured 22 players in the encounter, fielding a different set of eleven in each half of the game, but that was not enough to stop Heartland FC who had a good first half game and should have taken the lead in th first 15th minute of first half.

Before the half time, Promise Keepers Golie Emmanuel Iwu in an attempt to clear a danger in his half resulted in a foul on Heartland's Chukwudi Nwaodu and the referee awarded a penalty to Owerri based team, and a well taken spot kick from Uche Oguchi gave Heartland FC the deserved victory of the evening.
The purpose of the friendly is to test the fitness level of players from both team, as the new NPFL season is expected to kickoff in December.

By Oladele Emmanuel Abiodun

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POS.
CLUB
P
W
D
L
F
A
GD
PTS
1
Plateau Utd
25
14
7
4
36
15
21
49
2
Rivers Utd
25
13
6
6
28
15
13
45
3
Lobi Stars
25
12
7
6
26
19
7
43
4
Rangers Intl
24
10
7
7
25
20
5
37
5
Enyimba
20
11
3
6
30
20
10
36
6
Akwa United
25
8
11
6
23
22
1
35
7
Kano Pillars
24
8
10
6
27
18
9
34
8
Dakkada FC
26
8
10
8
26
26
0
34
9
Sunshine Stars
25
9
7
9
27
29
-2
34
10
Katsina Utd
24
9
7
8
18
25
-7
37
11
Warri Wolves
24
9
6
9
25
23
2
33
12
FC Ifeanyi Ubah
25
10
3
12
25
28
-3
22
13
Heartland
25
9
5
11
21
21
0
32
14
MFM FC
25
8
7
10
19
19
0
31
15
Wikki Tourists
25
8
7
10
23
24
-1
31
16
Abia Warriors
25
8
6
11
23
28
-5
30
17
Nasarawa Utd
25
8
5
12
27
27
0
29
18
Jigawa GS
25
9
2
14
25
35
-10
29
19
Kwara Utd
25
8
4
13
23
33
-10
28
20
Adamawa Utd
25
6
2
17
17
47
-30
20