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Heartland Football Club of Owerri is back in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), one year after they were relegated to the Nigerian National League (NNL).

The Naze millionaires beat FirstBank of Lagos 1-0 in a Match Day 33 fixture played at the Agege Stadium on Wednesday, to emerge champions of their conference of the NNL.

Okoro Ndukwe scored the only goal of the encounter, for the five-time NPFL champions who returned to the topflight at the first time of asking.

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With one game to spare, Heartland finished top of the Southern Conference bable with 60 points from 31 games, five points ahead of second-placed Bayesla United who also beat Papilo FC 1-0.

The League Management Company (LMC) have already congratulated the Owerri club on the feat.

A tweet from their official handle read: “Congratulations @HeartlandFC_ng. Welcome back to the #NPFL. Hopefully the Dan Anyiam Stadium will rock this season!”

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