The Communications Director of Accra Hearts of Oak Opare Addo, has called for calm among from their numerous fans. Reacting to the issue of agitations by supporters following their defeat yesterday, Opare Addo explained what has been learnt from matches played so far. The positives from friendly matches will guard the team.
“We started preparing over two weeks ago. The focus and the mentality is geared towards qualification. Unfortunately the last two games, the results did not go our way but we are looking at the positive sides of it. This will help us to reshape the team. No one should lose hope based on the last two games.” He told Asempa FM.
Another area of concern to supporters is recruitment. Views have been expressed over when new arrivals will be seen playing full time. In the game against Accra Lions, supporters were eager to catch a glimpse of new additions such as Gladson Awako but turned out otherwise. Opare Addo highlights the need for competition and adaptation. To achieve telepathy between old and new players demands time and patience, even though the technical department is working on that.
“When you speak to the technical people, they will tell you the new players are fighting for a position. For example Salim Adams got into the game when Robert Addo Sowah was injured. We don’t have a regret at all for bringing these players. We have confidence in them. They have their pedigree but they are learning as well.”
Benjamin Afutu Kotey is out of contract with the rainbow club, as management is working assiduously to renew the relationship. The midfielder won the heart of fans following his incredible control of midfield for the Oak tree. His penchant for scoring from the head garnered all sort of accolades. The inability of management to wrap up a deal with him has been an issue of concern to club’s loyalists. Accra Hearts of Oak are waiting for Benjamin Afutu Kotey and his representatives, Opare Addo noted.
“Benjamin Afutu Kotey has not signed yet. Player negotiations can only be concluded until he signs. We are waiting for the player and his managers to sign.”
Accra Hearts of Oak host Guinean club CI Kamsar this Sunday at the Accra Sports Stadium. The Phobians - according to the Communications Director - have acquired vital information about the opponent, which will help them to outfox them.