Frustration In Heartland As Management Slashes Players’ Salaries
By Amaechi Agbo
The crisis rocking Nigeria Professional Football League side, Heartland FC of Owerri is set to get messier as officials of the club has slashed players’ salaries without their consents, Bestchoicesports.com.ng can report.
It was gather that the management is deducting the sum of N150, 000 to N250, 000 from the players’ salaries without given them reasons for such brazing act of injustice.
Speaking in an audio made available to our correspondent on Tuesday, Super Eagles’ goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa expressed his frustration at the club’s management action and threatened to seek legal intervention if they failed to address the situation.
Ezenwa who joined the ‘Naze Millionaires’ in 2019 from rivals Katsina United accused the club’s hierarchy of taking the players for granted by slashing their wages without any reason.
“I’ve never gone through this kind of experience since I became a professional footballer. It’s like the management of the club is looking at players like people who don’t know their rights” the ex-Enyimba shot-stopper began in an interview.
Continuing, he said: “I’ve never seen a situation where management will just slash salaries of players who have contracts. I’m not the only one involved because the wages of other players and the technical crew were all slashed. it’s painful!
“They removed N200,000 from my salary while other players lost various amounts ranging from N150,000, N200,000 to N250,000. Our goalkeeper Agbor who was on N400,000 monthly salary lost N250,000.
“This has disorganised the team and how would the players give their best in matches?
“I’ve just been keeping my cool to help me concentrate on my career at the club but anytime I’m ready, I will sue them and get my money”
Heartland FC have been embroidered in financial and management crises for over a long period of time.
Coach of the side, Fidelis Ilechukwu has cried out umpteenth times over the situation in the club with the Imo State government, chief financier of the club seemingly lost or incapacitated in taking drastic action to remedy the ugly situation in the once revered club.