Heartland have inaugurated a three-man panel of inquiry over allegations that some members of the club either compromised themselves or sold out the team in the controversial 0-1 defeat by Enyimba during the Week 20 NPFL game which took place at the Dan Anyiam Stadium two weeks ago.
Inaugurating the panel at the club’s house in Owerri, Heartland chairman, Chief Fan Ndubuoke stated that he was acting in accordance with the directive of the commissioner for youth and sports following allegations of sell out and coupled with the sudden drop in form by the ‘Naze Millionaires.’
The panel members include Mr. Chukas Eregbu, Mr. Venatius T. Eke and High Chief MacDonald Amadi who would serve as the chairman. Ndubuoke tasked the members to identify the role of management members, coaches and or players in any such sell out.
The panel is also to identify reasons for the sudden apparent decline in the club’s performance in the league, identify the person or persons within Imo State working against the progress of the team and promoting the perceived gang-up against the club at home and also to investigate the role of security agents in the intimidation of the team at its home ground.
Amadi, the panel chairman, assured that the panel will do its best to meet the expectations of Imo people. The panel has two weeks to complete its work.
Meanwhile, Ndubuoke irked by the dwindling performance of the team recently, has read the riot act to both players and officials.
He also announced that the club has received 60million Naira from the government to settle some of last season’s sign-on fees and also commit to new contracts as well as run other businesses of the club.