‘I am owed three-years salary’ – Heartland Queens Coach Eucharia Uche cries out again

Uche Eucharia

Head Coach of Heartland Queens, Eucharia Uche has again cried out over unpaid salaries which date back to three years.

In an audio conversation made available to The Athletic NG, Eucharia said she was employed by the Imo State government since 2017 as Technical Adviser of Heartland Queens, but claims she has not received salary since her appointment.

“I have been duly contracted and appointed by the government of Imo State through the Commissioner since 2017, to build up and coach Heartland Queens in the capacity of technical adviser. I have carried out this job duly without pay till this day, for three solid years.”

The former Super Falcons coach who made history in 2010, becoming the first woman to win the African Women Championship title, says she takes care of her family through her job.

“Please, I want to be paid, as a professional, this is where I feed and take care of my family.”

The 47-year old says two administrations has passed and she is pleading with Governor Emeka Ihedioha to intervene on her behalf.

“It all started with former Governors Rochas Okoracha, Ihedioha and now Hope Uzodimma. Thank you very much for intervention.”

Coach Eucharia Uche speaking

In April, Eucharia told Goal that her salary has risen above six million naira.

“By my calculation, I am being owed over six million naira but my family is suffering. I was not given accommodation, transportation nor other incentives all through this period.”

Eucharia Uche joined the Nigeria Women’s Premier League, NWPL, outfit in 2017 from now-defunct COD United Ladies, following the disbandment of the Lagos based women’s team.

The team was relegated in 2018, but she stayed and helped the Owerri outfit back to the top flight a year later but is now owed a backlog of salary for up to 38 months to the tune of six million naira.


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