Ex-Super Eagles carpet Imo govt, seek payment of Heartland FC players’ salaries


Protesting Heartland FC footballers in Owerri…recently.

Imo govt owes Heartland FC players 11 months salary, others

By Valentine Amanze

Nigeria ex-international footballers – Ifanyi Udeze, Julius  Aghahowa and Victor Agali – have condemned non-payment of salaries, match bonuses and allowances of players of the Imo State government-owned Heartland Football Club Owerri.

The Super Eagles former players, who spote on live programme of Brila FM, Lagos, while appealing to the Imo State government to pay the players, wondered why the footballers would be owed 11 months despite the risks they take playing football with an empty stomach.

They said that the players ha families and friends that depended on them for survival.

While Udeze appealed to Governor Hope Uzodimma to resolve the crisis by paying the protesting players, Aghahowa called for ex-players union to intervene.

Agali, in his contribution, wondered the work of the League Management Company (LMC) if club owners continue to owe the footballers.

He said that there was a certain amount each club was espected to deposit with the LMC to avoid such crises,  stressing that if clubs couldn’t meet their obligation, the LMC would takeover.

Heartland FC players protested at the main entrance of the club located at the ever-busy Wetheral Road, Owerri on Wednesday January 12, 2022, demanding immediate payment of their salary arrears and allowances for 11 months.

During the demonstration, the players were cladded in boots, socks, the club’s jerseys and displayed placards on which various inscriptions were conspicuously displayed.




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