Heartland players reject Kaduna

Players of Heartland have turned down a directive by the Nigeria Premier League to travel to Kaduna State this weekend for the rescheduled week 33 match against Kaduna United, citing worsened security situation as reason for the refusal.

A letter signed by Heartland players and forwarded to the management of the club on Thursday, shortly before the game against Enyimba International stated that they (the players) feared for their personal safety due to the current wave of crises in Kaduna State which has claimed many lives already and for which the government has blamed on the ‘Boko Haram’ group.

Heartland Media Officer, Cajetan Nkwopara confirmed that the management was in receipt of the players’ letter where they gave reasons for their decision and that the club has communicated the development to the NPL .

The NPL had on Wednesday, instructed Heartland to proceed to Kaduna this weekend for the game and that on arrival, the club should contact the Kaduna State FA for security.

However, the players rejected the idea because they would have to pass through many volatile and insecure Kaduna towns and cities before gaining access to the metropolis where they can now begin to contact the state FA for security.

The players’ decision comes a day after the Nigerian authorities called off the postings of Nigeria Youth Service Corp s (NYSC) members in all the states in the northern part of the country where the crises is prevalent, including Kaduna State.

Also, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had earlier moved the venue for the matches involving the national teams which were initially scheduled for Kaduna State due to the same insecurity problems.
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