Heartland dismiss US Haut claims
Nwachukwu vs US Haut
Heartland sent US Haut packing 2-1 on aggregate last weekend in Owerri.
However, Unisport coach Njili Pierre has been reported in the press as claiming that the home fans invaded the pitch after Heartland scored a late winning goal and threatened that his club will petition CAF in this respect.
But in a swift reaction, Heartland spokesman Cajetan Nkwopara said that the allegation by the Unisport coach was unfounded and an attempt by the visitors to cover up for the ‘show of shame’ after they refused to continue the game following the winning goal.
“The claim by coach Njili was absurd, unfounded and obviously, an attempt by Unisport to escape justice,” Nkwopara stated.
“No fan was near the pitch while the game lasted. What happened was that after conceding the second goal very late in the game, Unisport preferred to confront the referee and his assistant instead of restarting the game.
“They had played all the pranks to ‘kill time’ when the game was level at 1-1 and when we came with another goal, they were hopeless at that point in time and decided to display their unruly and unprofessional attitude by holding up the game.
“The referee showed a lot of patience with them and waited for more than 15 minutes before signalling the end of game. I expect the referee and match commissioner to report what they saw and Unisport cannot escape punishment.”