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Heartland supporters protest removal of board

15 May 2014, 19:23

Owerri - Supporters of the Heartland FC on Thursday took to the streets of Owerri to protest the sack of the club’s board headed by Fan Ndubuoke.

The demonstrators took off from the Dan Anyiam Stadium at 7 a.m. and rounded off their demonstration two hours later at the Government House Roundabout.

The protest was against the government’s insistence on inaugurating a new board to replace the one headed by Ndubuoke.

One of the leaders of the protest, Okey Agummadu, who addressed newsmen, claimed that Ndubuoke had been an asset to the club since he assumed its chairmanship.

Agummadu called on the government to rescind its plan on the sack of the board and its chairman.

He noted that since his appointment of Ndubuoke as the club’s chairman, it had recorded monumental successes and won trophies which included the FA cup titles back to back.

Agummadu blamed the club’s current poor performance on the coaching and technical crew and said they should be sacked instead.

He said sacking the board chairman would amount to misplacement of priority.

According to him, the sack of Ndubuoke will cause a serious setback to the club.

The club’s supporters had earlier called for the sack and overhaul of both the coaches and technical crew. 

Reacting, the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr Kenneth Emelu, told NAN that the government had concluded plans on the sack of the board.

He said that a new board would be inaugurated on Thursday.

Emelu said the sack was not as a result of poor performance but was a decision of the government to change all the heads of parastatal agencies in the state.

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