Heartland FC striker Uche Agba is swimming in confidence ahead of this weekend’s Orange CAF Champions League first leg final against T.P. Mazembe of DR Congo in Owerri, Nigeria.
Agba, the Owerri-based club’s top scorer in the premier continental club competition with six goals remains optimistic that his side can scale over the first leg hurdle to make the second leg a mere formality.
Newcomers Heartland FC’s status is nowhere near Mazembe, twice winners’ pedigree on the continental stage, but the 23-year old is unperturbed by the gap will be a major factor as they seek to follow in the footsteps of compatriots Enyimba, African champions in 2003 and 2004.
Despite sharing honours in the previous meetings between the two sides at the mini-league stage, 2-0 for Heartland in Owerri and 2-0 for Mazembe in Lubumbashi; Agba has set sights on a double this time backed by his strong spiritual believe.
“I’m praying for two things, one is that we'll beat Mazembe home and away and the second thing is that I will be among those to score,” he told the local media.
The youngster admits that Mazembe will be no pushovers, and that the playing body are more than determined to fight for the convincing result they have set their eyes on with the support of the entire country.
“Mazembe are strong and that can account for why they are in the finals. But, you see apart from the Government motivation, we (players) have decided we want to win the trophy. That is very important. We need that trophy and we praying to God to grant our request.”
Agba scored the only goal in Heartland’s lone goal victory over fellows Kano Pillars in the semi-final second leg in Kano two weeks ago.
The left-footed striker also netted twice in the 4-0 thrashing of the first leg as the Naze Millionaires cruised on 5-0 on aggregate.