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Heartland coach, Kelechi Emeteole, is worried that his players are not financially motivated as they campaign for the CAF Champions League and the Globacom Premier League titles.

The Owerri club meets SuperSport of South Africa in the third round of the continental competition on Saturday but Emeteole is concerned that he is not getting the best out of his players because they lack motivation.

He told our correspondent on the telephone on Tuesday shortly before the team left for South Africa that the driving force behind the team was the players' desire to win the competition.

He said, 'The players are happy they've made it to this stage of the competition but it is not difficult to see that they need more motivation.

'The team got to the final last season but the players are yet to feel the impact of their efforts in the competition.

'I keep advising them on the need to remain focused on their careers. I urge them to think of success first; money will always come.'

The club currently is placed 11th in the domestic league with 36 points from 26 matches.

Kano Pillars players were given a car each for reaching the semifinals of the Champions League in 2009. The team was dumped out of the competition by Heartland.