Heartland aim to whip Sharks
Heartland centre-back, Emmanuel Olowo is positive his side will record a win at Sharks in Sunday's Matchday 35 encounter in Port Harcourt.
The Owerri-based side arrived the Garden City on Saturday for the tie after early report suggested boycott of the tie following players stand-off over unpaid signing-on fees, match bonuses, among others.
The players shunned training sessions heading into the match.
Olowo, who is yet to recover fully from the left knee knock he cupped in the Federation Cup quarterfinals tie against Crown FC in Port Harcourt, told SuperSport.com that their pride is at stake and rudely challenged by the game.
"Of course, we won't want to lose to Sharks twice in a season.
"In fact, that is the driving force and compelling reason we're honouring the game despite the untoward situation back home.
"Yes, we didn't train for this game the way we prepare for games but we've resolved to go for outright win against Sharks.
"Our names and image are at stake, if for any reason we won't win we surely must pick a draw.
"We may have missed the league shield this season but we're targeting the Federation Cup as make up.
"We're ready for any antics Sharks may come up with in this game," said the former Kwara United strongman.
Heartland lost the first fixture 0-1 to Sharks in Calabar.
They have amassed 49 points though a game at Kaduna United from a possible 102 with three matches left in the season.
Heartland remaining matches are at 3SC and two home games against Gombe United and Akwa United.