Heartland Beat FirstBank, Gain Promotion To NPFL

Heartland Beat FirstBank, Gain Promotion To NPFL

By Johnny Edward: Heartland Football Club of Owerri have regained promotion back to the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) one year after they were relegated to the Nigerian National League (NNL), Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The Naze millionaires defeated FirstBank of Lagos 1-0 in a match day 33 fixture played at the Agege Stadium on Wednesday to emerge champions of their conference of the NNL.


NNL League Table

Okoro Ndukwe was the match winner for the five-time NPFL champions who returned back to the NPFL after one year of been relegated.

Ndukwe scored a stunner in the 36th minute from the 30 yards to beat  Nojeem Salami in goal for First Bank.

With a game to spare, Heartland finished top of the Southern Conference bable with 60 points from 31 games, five points ahead of second-placed Bayesla United who also beat Papilo FC 1-0.

Meanwhile the LMC have congratulated, Heartland on their feat.

In a tweet, the LMC stated: “Congratulations @HeartlandFC_ng. Welcome back to the #NPFL. Hopefully the Dan Anyiam Stadium will rock this season!”

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  • Congrats! The Nazi Millionaire. Welcome to the main stream football in the country. Best of luck in the PFL

  • Congratulations Heartland
    Welcome to elite football where you truly belong.

  • Good for them…..

  • Congratulations. Welcome to where you belong.

  • Well thank God they are back and I hope the administration use politics to ruin it again, like they did that sent them to relegation

  • Congratulations Heartland Fc. Congratulations Marcel Arthur whose image you see boldly in front of the camera

  • Sly ogbeche 1 year ago

    Congrats guys.

  • Congratulations Heartland FC the Millionaires one of my favourite team after Akwa
    .. welcome back

  • Chima Bede 1 year ago

    Gbozaa to the Naze Millionaires. I’m highly glad hearing. I don’t know when but all I know is that it is real cos from the outset, I knew it isn’t our portion. All Glory to God Almighty. Owelle, u can appoint me as the commission of jubilation and laughter.