Heartland players have been kicked out of the hotel for more than 7 million bills due
Things went from bad to worse for players of Heartland FC, the Nigerian Professional Football League side facing relegation, on Saturday after being locked in their Down Town hotel rooms in Owerri, the Nigerian capital. State, for unpaid bills of 700,000 naira.
The management of the hotel, located on MCC- Uratta Road in Owerri, insisted that the players would not leave for Kaduna before Sunday’s (today’s) NPFL encounter with Wikki Tourists until they have settled their debt.
Hotel manager Emma Oparanozie told Our Correspondent: “They won’t be allowed to go to their rooms to get their things until they’ve paid me my money.”
He said players from the struggling Imo state-owned club had been staying in the hotel for over a month with their management not paying a penny.
The enraged hotel manager added, “They owe me over 700,000 naira. I have been feeding them for over a month now. They should pay me and leave. I don’t even want them here anymore. They want to leave for Kaduna today (Saturday) but that won’t happen until they give me my money.
“The general manager of the club was here asking me to allow the players to leave for Kaduna but I said ‘no’. They have to pay me first. That’s what they did to me. last year. As I speak to you, Heartland Queens owe me 1.6 million naira for accommodation and food. They should ask the state government to give me my money. I don’t want any more them.
When contacted, club spokesman Solomon Onu said the matter would be resolved.
Onu said: “I am not aware of the development but if there is a problem it will be sorted out as the owner of the hotel is a football fan and a member of the Heartland FC family.”
Heartland is currently 18th in the 20-team NPFL with 23 points after 24 games.
The players had previously protested over several months of non-payment of their wages and allowances.
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