Kelechi Alino wants Heartland FC to finish season on a good note


Heartland FC attacker, Kelechi David Alino says he is extremely delighted with his debut for the Naze Millionaires but was left shattered that his first game with the club ended with a defeat in Uyo to Akwa United.

Alino has spent some time with Heartland FC since his arrival from the United States but has not been able to taste action because of delay in issuance of paperwork that will enable him eligible to play in Nigeria and also it took him some time to adapt to change of environment.

He finally showed the sign he was ready for topflight action following his recent impressive form in training sessions and having overcame his initial challenges and was listed by Heartland FC head coach, Christian Obi for the crucial league tie at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo on Monday.

Alino started in the first 11 in his debut game but never showed any nerve of a player playing his first game and was on top of his game throughout his stay in the pitch before he was removed in the second half after he had run the Akwa United wing back ragged.

The former captain of the New York City FC Under 17 told Heartland FC Media that he hopes to give a good account of himself in the remaining part of the season if he is fielded.

“It was a superb debut for me and I am glad I did my best but unhappy that it wasn’t the result we wanted. We needed a win and started the game well,” Alino told Heartland FC Media.

“I will be willing to give my best if I am called upon in the remaining game of the season. I want to contribute my quota to the club until the end of the season.”

Kelechi’s parents are Nelson and Imma Alino and he has other four siblings namely Joy, Nelson Jr., Christian and Brittany.

The attacker will be looking forward for another game opportunity against Doma United in Owerri’s Dan Anyiam Stadium on Sunday in a NPFL Matchday 35 tie.


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