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Heartland players to drag club to FIFA over 8 months unpaid salaries

All seems not to be well in the Imo State owned Heartland Football Club over eight months salaries owed the players.

It was gathered that the players have now threatened to take the ‘Naze Millionaires’ to world football governing body, FIFA as this is coming few days to scheduled kickoff of the 2021/22 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

Prior to the end of last NPFL season, the management of the Owerri-based side, promised the team, that all their financial entitlement including, the eight months backlog of salaries will be paid, but according to the players nothing has been paid.

With less than a week to start another season, in the Nigerian topflight, Heartland player who pleaded to be anonymous, claimed that the weak League Management Company (LMC) has failed them hence, they have vowed to take the club to FIFA as they seek for justice.

“It’s sad that we are here talking about our unpaid salaries of about eight months, after we involved the League Management Company who appear to be very weak and toothless.

“Some of us are family men, breadwinners of our families, we don’t have other profession than football, but it’s sad that after you worked tirelessly for a season, you still have to beg and cry for what is rightfully yours.

“We are highly disappointed with the LMC, because by now they ought to have sanctioned Heartland and place an embargo on them, but here we are, Heartland are preparing to start the new season, having completed half of the registration process with the same LMC.

“Since, it appears the League body cannot help us, then we have decided to report the case to FIFA and see maybe we will get the desired justice.”

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