Following Heartland’s humiliating loss to Plateau United on Wednesday, the club’s management has implemented a salary cut for their players until an unspecified future date.

Heartland’s General Manager, Promise Nwachukwu, has said that additional penalties may be imposed on players unless they enhance their performance. Nwachukwu informed the club’s media, ‘The management has opted to reduce the players’ salaries by half with immediate effect until there is a notable improvement in the team’s performance’.

Daily Post reports that the former Nigeria Premier Football League champions suffered a 5-1 defeat to Plateau United at the Awka City Stadium on Wednesday.

The Naze Millionaires currently sit at the bottom of the NPFL table and are in a challenging battle to secure their position in the top-flight league.

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Promise Nwachukwu expressed, “It was a disgraceful outing for the Owerri side yesterday, as they were trashed 5-1 at home before their fans at the Akwa Stadium, in Anambra where they currently execute their home games,” he said.

“The management said it was for the first time in the club’s history that such would happen, ” he added.

He further said that, the players do not have excuses for failing the way they did and has directed non-performing players to step up or risk further sanctions as enshrined in the contracts they individually signed that poor performance would not be tolerated and be met with stiff measures.

The club is currently hovering in the relegation zone within the NPFL.