Abuja - Heartland FC of Owerri on Friday dismissed the speculations that the
club was on the verge of been expelled from the league by the League
Management Company (LMC).
The club’s media officer, Cajetan Nkwopara, told the News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on telephone that they there was no impending
threat from the LMC to expel the club.
"The LMC has given no such order to Heartland. There is no case or even a petition that they are abandoning games or striking.
"This is a false allegation, everything is peaceful and we are working on everything so there is no cause for alarm,’’ he said.
NAN reports that the Owerri based club had been embroiled in some
internal crisis that bordered on the outstanding wages of their players.
A development that had threatened the club’s participation in the
ongoing league, which would have contravened Article 4.2 (3) of the
LMC’s statutes, which says that clubs should not stay away from
It was against the backdrop of the impending expulsion of Heartland
from the league that Nkwopara debunked the stories making the round that
the club would be expelled by the LMC.
The media officer stressed that the players were in training for
their upcoming match, against El-Kanemi Warriors FC in Owerri and that
there was no sign of a conflict in the team’s camp.
"They are in camp training for their next match which is at home,
that was a misinformed report the LMC cannot sanction with no basis,’’
Heartland are currently 15th
on the Globacom League table
with 46 points from 35 matches, their next outing is against El-Kanemi
Warriors FC of Maiduguri in Owerri on October 13.