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Footballers blocked IMO governor’s convoy over unpaid salary


Angry players of Nigeria Women’s Professional League side, Heartland Queens, on Monday blocked Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha’s convoy from entering the Government House in Owerri, the state’s capital.The placard-carrying players were protesting against their unpaid salaries.The Heartland Queens who chanted anti-government slogans claimed that they had not been paid by the State for seven months and found it very difficult to take care of their welfares.The footballers clutching placards read, “we are the breadwinners of our families; we are suffering, Government of Imo State, Pay us our seven months’ salaries and our dear governor please listen to your children”Gov Okorocha, was forced to alight from his car to address the footballers at the entrance of the Imo State government house and after he listened to their numerous complaints, the governor assured them that their demands would be met. He assigned one of his aides, Edna Njoku to further discuss with the players and give him the feedback.Best Osuji who is the Captain of the Owerri based team, told news men at the scene that they were not happy with their team manager, Charity Enwerem, because he did nothing to draw the Imo state govrnment’s attention to their plight.The midfielder said, “Since we won the amateur league playoffs and qualified for the Nigerian the top flight, the state government has abandoned us. We don’t have a camp, and they have kept us in the stadium without any care.“We go to matches late and we play on empty stomachs, yet they want us to produce good results.”Following the development, Osuji expressed her doubt whether the team would make it to Lagos on Wednesday, where they are scheduled to play FC Robo.Report a problem.