AITEO Cup 2022 : How Heartland Wanted To Smuggle Itself Back Into The National Eliminations

July 02 06:31 2022 scooped at the Sunday Dankaro Secretariat of the NFF at the week at how Heartland FC of Owerri, tried to smuggle itself back to the national preliminaries of the AITEO cup after it jettison the State competition for the strike they embarked upon due to lack of payment of salaries and allowances.

Our findings at the Sunday Dankaro Secretariat of the NFF revealed that a key official of the Imo State FA had approached the Football House to substitute Heartland FC with Campos FC who are the Champions.

We gathered that few days before the NFF released the list of teams that have qualified to represent their various states, the Imo State FA egghead has approached the NFF to replace the Imo State Champions with Heartland FC. He said that Campos FC, an NNL team, had approached them complaining that they don’t have money to prosecute the tournament if it eventually begin.

A source who supposed to know at the Secretariat said “when they approached us with the request, we told them to make it official, and forward all the necessary documents to us. But, unfortunately, we discovered that Heartland did not even register their team for this year ‘s Aiteo cup, that was how we threw their case away, and moreover the Imo FA official did not bother to make the move again.

It could be recalled that it was reported that Heartland FC refused the play the Imo State Aiteo then, quoting the none payment of their salaries and bonuses as their excuse.

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