Heartland players grateful for bonuses


Players and officials of Heartland have expressed gratitude over the One million naira (about $6670) reward announced for each of them by the Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha for winning the Federation Cup last Sunday.

Media Officer of the club, Cajetan Nkwopara while expressing the team’s gratitude to the governor in Owerri also denied a newspaper report which claimed that some players had grumbled the governor’s package as being small.

“We, as members of the Heartland family, individually and collectively are grateful to the governor and indeed the entire people of Imo State for both the privilege and generosity granted to us.

"We are thrilled by the wonderful reception given to us on arrival in Owerri after the game and we’ll continue to remember the governors’ solidarity and support by going to Lagos to cheer us during the final game,” he stated.

Nkwopara said despite the largesse from the governor, his Deputy, Jude Agbaso , the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Ben Uwajumogu and the First Lady, Lolo Nkechi Okorocha all made good donations to the team.

The spokesman also thanked the people of Lagos and indeed all Nigerians for the massive support they gave to his team, during the epic encounter with eastern rivals, Enyimba International.

“We won because God wanted us to win, we won because Lagosians and in fact Nigerians supported us and they prayed for us to win. One thing we can not forget is that we enjoyed tremendous goodwill from Nigerians all through the competition,” he added.
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