Former Super Falcons Coach, Uche Eucharia, has called on Imo State governor, Hope Uzodinma, to help offset the three years’ salary owed her by Heartland Queens FC of Owerri.
In a message entitled “Somebody Must Act Now To Save A Soul,” she stated that she has been working as Technical Adviser to the Heartland Queens FC for three years without being paid.
She joined the Nigeria Women’s Premier League (NWPL) outfit in 2017 from now-defunct COD United Ladies, following the disbandment of the Lagos based women’s team.
Despite being relegated in 2018, the 46-year-old helped the Owerri outfit back to the top flight a year later but is now owed a backlog of salary for up to 36 months to the tune of six million naira.
The former Super Falcons coach says she has not received a dime from her employers since her engagement in 2017, while narrating her ordeal.
“I was contracted by Governor Rochas Okorocha’s administration through then commissioner in 2017 to help build Heartland Queens,” Eucharia told Goal.
”All through Okorocha’s time from 2017 to 2019 he never paid me nor anybody. They kept promising, making approvals without releasing the money.
“Then when Governor Emeka Ihedioha took over from him, he promised to settle the debts but before then court cases set in and from there he was replaced by Uzodinma.
“All I want is to be paid my accumulated salaries for what I have laboured for. I need someone who can draw the attention of the governor to my situation for him to issue an order to pay me.
“Going through from one office to the other can be very frustrating as it gets stalked along the way.
“I am not a politician but a professional coach. I wish to appeal to governor Uzodinma’s intervention on this. I deserve my pay.
“By my calculation, I am being owed over six million naira but my family is suffering. I was not given accommodation, transportation nor other incentives all through this period.”
Uche was the first woman to win the African Women’s Cup of Nations as a player and coach in 2010, with Nigeria and later led the Super Falcons to the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany.