Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma has doled out N100 million to Heartland players and officials for winning the 2022/23 Nigeria National League (NNL) title.
The Naze Millionaires defeated Kano Pillars 2-0 in the final of the NNL Super Eight playoffs early this month to earn promotion back to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
Governor Uzodinma, represented by the state’s Commissioner for Sports, Hon. Dan Ogbu, presented the N100 million to the team at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri on Wednesday.
The governor said that the reward was for the team’s impressive performance in the campaign, which saw them go unbeaten throughout the season.
“I am proud of the Heartland team for their outstanding performance in the NNL,” Governor Uzodinma said. “They have made the state proud, and I am happy to reward them for their hard work.”
He also promised to continue to support the team in their quest to win the NPFL title.
Heartland is a five-time winnerNPFL winners, and they hope to add to their tally next season.
The team’s chairman, Chief Chidi Ikedieze, thanked the governor for the reward and promised that the team would continue to work hard to achieve success.
“We are grateful to the governor for his support,” Ikedieze said. “We will continue to work hard to make the state proud.”
The N100 million reward is the largest ever given to a Nigerian football team for winning the NNL title. It is a sign of the importance that Governor Uzodinma attaches to football in the state.
Heartland’s victory is a major boost for football in Imo State. The team’s return to the NPFL will help raise the game’s profile in the state and attract more investment.
It also boosts the NNL, the second-tier league in Nigeria. The league has been struggling recently, but Heartland’s victory will help raise its profile and attract more attention.
Heartland’s victory is a major achievement for the team and the state of Imo. It is a sign that the team is on the right track and capable of achieving great things.