Super 4 winners Heartland only received N275,000, about a quarter of the prize money. The league interim committee of the Super 4 deducted N725,000 from the prize money leaving ‘The Naze Millionaires’ with far less than the price money of N1 million, according to the Heartland head of protocol Tonex Chukwu.
The excuse given by the committee was that the deduction was meant to cover the team’s accommodation and feeding.
Chukwu, who spoke to MTNFootball.com, said he was surprised that the organisers gave them N275,000, instead of the widely advertised N1million.
“They ought to have paid for our feeding because when we were told about the competition, we told them we were not ready because we don’t have cash and they assured us to come. After we arrived, no money for feeding and we approached the organisers, who gave us N300,000.
“It was only when the meager money was paid as our prize money that a league interim committee member told us it was a loan they gave us. Who applied for loan, who granted it? If we didn’t win the competition to get such money, would they have asked us to go look for money to pay?”, Chukwu asked.
Despite having won the game against Kano Pillars, players and officials of Heartland had a rough outing in Kano during the Super Four tournament. On their way to Kano, Monday night, their bus suffered mechanical faults delaying their trip by a night and forcing them to make a stopover at Lokoja.
And after a 1 – 0 victory over the home team, Kano Pillars, Heartland experienced a fire outbreak at their hotel in the evening. The situation was, however, brought under control.
The team drew their second match of the tournament against Enugu Rangers on Thursday. The match ended in a two-all draw.
The Chairman of Heartland Football Club, Fan Ndubuoke, said: “Well I am not happy, I wanted to win all the matches, we were leading initially but they equalized at the late hour.