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Ibenegbu expects tough Pillars



Heartland midfielder, Ikechukwu Ibenegbu, is bracing up for a difficult opening game in the Super Four against Nigerian champions, Kano Pillars on Wednesday.

Ibenegbu told supersport.com that the Premier League champions have a respectable record of playing at the Sani Abacha Stadium, venue of the Matchday 1 game in the Super Four.

"It's going to be a tough game against Kano Pillars. Remember we beat them in the Charity Cup in Port Harcourt in December so they will want to win in Kano on their ground where they have been very good in recent times," said Ibenegbu to supersport.com.

However, Ibenegbu, also known as Mosquito, also cleared the air on reports claiming that he is out injured.

"I'm 100 percent fit and ready to play for Heartland in the Super Four. May be they have mistaken me for another injured player," Ibenegbu disclosed.

Heartland will not have the trio of Kalu Orji, goalkeeper Ebere Obi and captain Chinedu Efugh for the Super Four.

Orji and Ebere Obi, who is John Obi Mikel's elder brother, are ruled out owing to injuries while Efugh has been excused for personal reasons.

Super Four Fixtures Wednesday, January 9

Lobi Stars v Enugu Rangers

Kano Pillars v Heartland

Friday, January 11

Enugu Rangers v Heartland

Kano Pillars v Lobi Stars

Sunday, January 13

Heartland v Lobi Stars

Enugu Rangers v Kano Pillars

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