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Supporters of the Owerri darling team, Heartland FC showed their displeasure at the weekend on the performance of the team by not showing up for their week 22 match against Wikki Tourist of Bauchi at the Dan Anyiam Stadium.

Supporters of the Owerri darling team, Heartland FC showed their displeasure at the weekend on the performance of the team by not showing up for their week 22 match against Wikki Tourist of Bauchi at the Dan Anyiam Stadium.


The supporters with their usual red attire were conspicuously absent at their stand to render their usual team anthem which made the players to go to the rival Colombia supporters club for solidarity songs.
Speaking with the Nigeria Moment after the match in which Heartland drew goalless with the tourists of Bauchi, the chairman of Heartland supporters club Comrade I. Jacobs said they are not happy with the way things are going on in the team saying the current management of the team lack cohesion and direction to steer the club to greater heights Comrade Jacobs popularly known as Icheku na eche mba accused the Oscar Keke led management of lacking the wherewithal to confront the Nigerian Football administration in Abuja saying the bad officiating witnessed in the home games of the team is a direct confirmation of the lack of PR by the present management. He also accused the Heartland management of not showing enough passion and commitment to the welfare of the team saying by sideling the supporters club, they are directly digging the grave of the team.
Comrade Jacobs advised the management to throw in the towel if they are not willing to work with the current government to uplift the team. Also speaking, a fan of Heartland Peter Oparaugo said he is disappointed at the performance of the team saying with the way things are going on in the team, the team may be relegated at the end of the season. When reminded that the government is not taking care of the welfare of the players in terms of prompt payment of their salaries, Mr. Oparaugo admonished the players to put in their efforts and sell themselves saying if a player play very well despite inadequate motivations, other well to do clubs will notice him and sign him for a better career. He equally advised the Rochas Okorocha led government to put the welfare of the players first since according to him, Heartland FC remains the only professional team in the state.
Equally speaking after the match, a legal luminary and legal adviser of the Imo State Sports Council, Barr. Charles Okoroafor bemoaned the impartiality shown to Heartland in Dan Anyiam Stadium pointing out that there was not enough PR for the referee. He however commended the players for putting up enough efforts in the game saying if the team is well motivated, they will roll out a better performance. Coach of Heartland FC, Alphonsus Dike equally commended the players for playing very well saying the team had 22 shots at the goal and 12 were on target saying ill luck and the referees decisions was a clog in the wheel of the team.
He however assured the supporters that Heartland will not go down on relegation but will weather the storm. Coach Dike equally promised to continue working  on the team to start winning away from home saying the players threw away a two-goal advantage at Warri against Warri Wolves only to draw due to some mistakes at the back.

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