Heartland Football Club of Owerri have embarked on an indefinite strike over outstanding sign-on fees being owed by the Imo State government.
The players have again threatened to boycott their Glo Premier League Matchday 36 fixture, saying they’ve lost confidence in the Governor Rochas Okorocha-led administration of Imo State.
Such boycott was averted for Matchday 35, when the ‘Naze Millionaires’ played Sharks in Port-Harcourt, after they were finally granted audience by the state governor.
The players are owed 90% of their sign-on fees for this season, 10% for last season and 10 outstanding match bonuses.
“Government didn’t see it fit to pay us all this while and with three games to go, we are not going to take it lightly. We want our entitlements, we have endured enough,” an anonymous Heartland player told MTNFootball.com.
Another player added that it does not matter any longer if the team are relegated, saying:
“At this point we don’t mind if the club are relegated. We have worked tirelessly but no reward. We are tired, the Governor promised his deputy will meet our general manager, but up till now nothing. We are ready for a showdown.”