New entrant into Heartland of Owerri, Benjamin Efe Ofuyah has expressed confidence that with his contribution, the club would be promoted back to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) by the end of the 2016/2017 season.

He expressed this in an interview where he said his decision to join the club from Plateau United was informed by his quest to play under coach Emmanuel Dutch, whom he described as an experienced tactician who has seen it all in Nigerian football.

“I am hoping to do well under one of the best coaches in Nigeria and to help me improve more and earn me a call up to any of the national teams,” he said.

The 21-year old central defender who is on Christmas break, was screened by Heartland on November 28, and is expected to resume action in January when all transfer details from Plateau United where he played last season is completed.

The Suleja-born footballer had prior to his stint with Plateau United, played for several clubs including Road Safety FC, FC Abuja, VON FC and Kagera Sugar FC, Tanzania.

He said that he respects international stars; John Terry of Chelsea and Canavaro of Italy, whom are his role models.

Ofuyah  has participated in age grade competitions and his brilliance earned him call-up to Flying Eagles camp when Coach Dike was in-charge, but was dropped at the final stage under circumstances that still remain unclear till date.

Since he started active playing in 2008, he has won several laurels which include FCT FA Cup with Road Safety in 2012, Pro League Cup with Plateau United in 2014/2015 season and Premier League Cup  with Kagera Sugar of Tanzania in 2013/2014 season.


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