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'Heartland draw at home a message to management'

27 September 2013, 11:12

Abuja - Chinaedu Efugh, the captain of Heartland FC, on Thursday attributed the team’s unimpressive performance in week 34 of the ongoing Globacom Premier League to the club management's insensitiveness.

Egugh, disclosed this in a telephonic interview in reaction to the team’s goalless draw with Sunshine Stars FC of Akure, on Wednesday in Owerri.

The captain said that the draw, even on Heartland’s home grounds at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri, should serve as a warning to the club management over players’ unpaid allowances.

"The team’s unbecoming attitude will make the management know that something is wrong with the team,’’ he said.

According to the captain, his team mates have been protesting against their backlog of unpaid allowances and sign on fees by the club management.

"The development, I must confess, led to the players’ nonchalant attitude during the match.

"The players are depressed and there is no way you can get the best from a disenchanted person.

"Nobody eats promises if that is what the management thinks.

"All of us have dependants to cater for and there is virtually nothing one can achieve when he is overburdened with unsettled domestic challenges,” Efugh said.

He appealed to the club’s management to salvage the situation by settling its outstanding indebtedness to the players.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the club, Fan Ndubuoke, said all debt cases concerning the club’s players had been settled, stressing that the players were only being mischievous.

"We are not owing any of the players. We have settled all their debts; the players must have other grievances different from the settled debts,’’ Ndubuoke added.

According to him, the management of the club, will, after the current season, embark on a complete overhaul of the club for better results.        

Heartland FC now occupies the 11th position on the log, with 46 points from 34 matches and with four outstanding matches.


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