HEARTLAND FC on Saturday defeated reigning Nigeria Premier League champions, Enyimba 1-0 in an ‘Oriental Derby’ decided at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri,
A stoppage time winner by striker Bright Ejike forced the two-time African champions back to Aba empty-handed.
The keenly contested encounter was heading for a goalless draw before Ejike slotted home a penalty after skipper Chinedu Udoji fouled inside his box for Enyimba to suffer their eighth loss of the season.
Ojevwe Akpoveta’s 69th minute goal for Heartland was cancelled for offside.
Enyimba remains fourth on the table with 37 points from 23 matches, while Heartland eased its relegation fears by moving up to 16th place on the table with 29 points.
In another Nigeria top flight game, El-Kanemi Warriors spanked MFM FC of Lagos 3-1.
Mathias Samuel, Hussaini Bata and Daniel Japhet scored for El-Kanemi, while Nelson Kenedium scored for the Olukoya Boys.