The owner of a hotel in Owerri, Imo State has denied reports that his apartment evicted players and officials from the Nigerian Professional Football League, NPFL side Heartland Football Club on Saturday.
The owner of the apartment, Mr Emmanuel Oparanozie, who revealed this, said he never chased the players and officials from the Downtown Hotel located around MCC Uratta Road, Owerri North.
Mr Oparanozie denied the report, adding that he or anyone else had committed such an act, pointing out that before the team left for Kaduna on Saturday he had prayed for them and wished them well.
“I didn’t lock players. They left for Kaduna this morning (Saturday) and before they left I prayed for them and wished them luck. If I wished them luck and prayed for them, how can I lock them up? Most of them are still in hotels here, so it’s not fair to say I locked them up,” Mr Oparanozie said.
When contacted, the club’s media officer said the report was false, adding that the players and team officials had not been kicked out of any hotel.
He noted that the club left Owerri on Saturday for Kaduna and would arrive on Sunday for their Matchday 25 clash on Monday with Wikki Tourists.
Five-time NPFL winners Heartland FC are 18th in the 2022 NPFL standings and will be hoping to score a point in Kaduna.