Following the non-payment of salaries at Heartland Football Club, players and officials have threatened to stage a protest as they seek payment of their salaries.
According to an inside source, it is understood that players and officials of the Owerri based club are been owed six months of their salaries by the government and they are not satisfied with the situation and set to stage a protest.
We have families to take care, we can hardly feed ourselves, there is global lockdown and that should not be a reason for the Imo State Government to also lockdown financially, we are pleading with this new government to temper mercy and make our salaries a top priority.
It should be recalled that in February, Heartland was banned from signing players over the nonpayment of salaries and entitlements for two of its players Okereke Maduabuchi and Fatuwanse Alfred Olusegun.
Maduabuchi and Fatuwase had in separate petitions to the LMC dated November 5, 2019, bordering on claims of overdue payables, wrongful termination of the contract, and compensation. While Maduabuchi laid claims for a total of N10.400, 000, Fatuwase asked for a total of N6, 250,000.
Heartland was ordered to pay Maduabuchi the sums of N7, 200,000 representing the remaining two years of his three-year contract and another N900, 000 unpaid arrears of three months consolidated salary stipulated in the contract before it was wrongfully terminated by the club.
Fatuwanse was awarded N4, 800, 000 representing the remaining two years of his three-year contract and another N600, 000 unpaid arrears of three months consolidated salary as stipulated in the contract before it was wrongfully terminated by the club.
The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has been sidelined since March 2020 with Heartland Football club sitting 13th on the log with 32 points after 25 games played.