Head coach of Heartland, Christian Obi, says the Naija Super 8 playoffs provide a big opportunity for the club’s players to showcase their talent and make money.

The former Nigerian league and cup winners stunned many by landing a spot in the glamorous Naija Super 8 at the expense of other top-flight teams in the South-East, most notably Enugu Rangers.

“I feel very good to be going to the Naija Super 8. It’s a platform to showcase the talents I have in my team and again it’s another opportunity for the players to also have encounters with more experienced players and officials. It’s a plus to us as a team in the sense that it will also prepare us for next season.

“If we scale through the playoffs, it is another opportunity to make some money and it’s an exposure to the players and the officials,” Obi said.

The Naze Millionaires have had a good season, having topped their Nigeria National League group without losing a match. Heartland will face the Nigeria Professional Football League champions, Enyimba, at the Eket stadium June 24. The winner of the tie will represent the South-East zone in the main Naija Super 8 tournament at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos, from July 7 to 16.