Kwara United will this Sunday face Heartland FC of Owerri in their Nigeria Professional Football League week 15 tie with the determination of ending an eight-year winless run against the Naze Millionaires.
Heartland were stubborn visitors in their last two visits to Ilorin picking the six maximum points in heartbreaking moments for Kwarans.
But Fidelis Ilechukwu and his wards will be facing a difficult task against a rejuvenated Kwara United side who have been superb so far this season in the Nigerian topflight.
Both teams have met 14 times in competitive games – with the Naze Millionaires winning 8 while the Harmony Boys have 5 wins, as the remaining game ended in draw.
The last time Heartland visited Ilorin was on December 15, 2019 when Christian Pyagbara’s 60th minute goal condemned the Harmony Boys to painful defeat.
Heartland also defeated Kwara United 3-1 in Ilorin on April 19, 2015 while the Harmony Boys’ last win over the Owerri based side was a 1-0 away win on August 11, 2013.
Speaking ahead of the showdown, Coach Abdullahi Biffo admitted that Heartland are one of the best teams in Nigeria, but assured that his men will be getting the 3 points against them on Sunday.
“Heartland have been a good side for years considering their records over us, but we are ready for them and victory is what we will get on Sunday,” Biffo told Kwara United media.
Meanwhile, with 26 points, Kwara United remain on top of the Nigerian Professional League standings, while Heartland occupy 11th after 14 games played so far this term.