Ghanaian Chronicle

Akunnor thrilled by Hearts’ form …insists Kingston remains part of Team

Date published: September 24, 2012

Hearts of Oak coach CK Akunnor is delighted with his team’s form especially in midfield ahead of the start of the Premier League season early next month.

The Phobians looked quite impressive in their 3-0 win over newly promoted Amidaus Professionals at the Accra Sports Stadium on Wednesday.

It was the first time the Hearts fans got the chance to see their team who have undergone an intensive three-week residential camping exercise in Sekondi.

And Akunnor says his pre-season plan and how he wants the team to play is gradually coming together especially in midfield.

“The team is playing quite well especially in the midfield where my focus was today (win over Amidaus),” he said.

“The performance with the likes of Moro Abubakar in midfield looked good and I hope it continues like that.”

Hearts have brought in a couple of players to power their ambition of wrestling the Premier League title from rivals Asante Kotoko this term.

Meanwhile, CK Akunnor insists Laryea Kingston remains part of his plans for the upcoming season.

Laryea, 30, was hit with an indefinite suspension after a bust-up with the head coach for breaking camp rules.

Though no timeline has been given for the return of the Black Stars midfielder into the fold of the 2000 African champions, coach Akunnor insists he will play a big part in his team for the upcoming season.

“Something happened and I was not happy about it and so I informed management,” Akunnor told said. “I just want him to rest me as a coach and I respect him as a player.

“There is the coach-player relationship and that thin line must be made clear to him and all the players.

“When he turns over a new leaf, I will have no problems at all in welcoming him back into the team.

“He is a senior player who is expected to show exemplary leadership for the up and coming ones to follow.

“When I got this job, I called him personally and we spoke. It shows you the kind of respect that I gave him as a senior player. But respect is reciprocal.

“We don’t want him to be a bad influence on the team. But like I said if he reforms, he will always be welcomed into the team.”

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