HEARTLAND of Owerri has threatened to boycott their remaining league matches should Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha not meet them Tuesday.
The Heartland players are being owed one per cent from last season’s sign-on fees and 90 per cent of sign-on for this season.
They have also not been paid 21 match bonuses, nine from last season and 12 from this season.
The Owerri team is scheduled to face SharksWednesday in continuation of the league.
The protesting players stormed the Governor’s Office Monday morning hoping to meet with the governor to discuss their problems. But they were unsuccessful, as they met only the Chief of Staff, who promised that the governor would see them Tuesday.
“We are tired of everything here at Heartland. We are being neglected by the state government and we decided to see the governor to table our case and get a solution, but we waited in vain for over seven hours only for the Chief of Staff to come out and tell us he can’t see us Tuesday, that we should come back tomorrow,” one of the angry players told mtnfootball.com
“We have made up our minds that if the governor does not meet us on Tuesday (today) with all due respect, we won’t play matches again from Wednesday match. This suffering is to too much,” he said.
Another player said the insensitivity to their plight from the government is getting out of hand and they plead for a change of attitude.
“The government is not sensitive to our plight, we have done our best but we have been neglected. We are ready to down tools if we are not settled,” he threatened.
from The Guardian