Harry Zakkour blames Hearts CEO

…For club’s current woes

By: Kofi Owusu Aduonum

Mr. Harry ZakkourFormer CEO of Accra Hearts of Oak (left), Coach Paa Kwesi Fabin, Hearts (right)

Ex-Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Accra Hearts of Oak, Mr. Harry Zakkour has laid the recent stuttering run of the club at the door step of the current CEO, Mr. Fred Crentsil. According to Mr. Zakkour, also known as ‘Millenium Chairman’ for his exploits with the year 2000 Hearts squad, the current Hearts CEO failed as a chairman in his previous post and, therefore, does not qualify for the topmost position in the Phobian fraternity.

He made these observations in an interview hosted by Charles Osei Asibey on Happy FM, an Accra based radio station.

The ‘Millenium Chairman’ said Mr. Crentsil’s appointment was wrong in the first place, and added that “Running football is a full time business, rather than what we are witnessing presently.

If he was capable, he would have successfully managed his own club, but he failed. I think he is not the right person for the job, he would have joined Hearts years back, if he had the club at heart.”

Mr. Zakuor went further to absolve the technical team, concerning the club’s poor performance, by saying: “Coach Paa Kwesi Fabin has done nothing wrong regarding the team’s current performance, I think the club’s management didn’t appoint the right CEO.”

“I am totally disappointed in the current Board, and I cannot understand why a great club like Hearts of Oak is going down the way it is presently,” Mr. Zakuor lamented.

He also blamed the men in charge of recruitment, a position he once occupied, for the crisis confronting the club, saying “I blame those in charge of recruitment, when I was in charge of recruitment, I brought players like Obed Ansah and Edward Affum among others, who are doing well in the league, but what we are seeing now is not pleasant.’
Fuming with anger, he called for heads to roll on the current board, and replaced with new men with new innovative ideas to steer the club in the right direction, and to redeem its current 30 billion Cedis debt.

On the way forward, he mentioned that the floating of shares to the public, changing the current CEO and put proper structures in place, as pertains in smaller clubs like Berekum Chelsea and others.

The former Great Olympics chairman stated that he sacrificed most of his properties while serving the Phobian family, but has realised that his departure has had a negative impact on the club.

Mr. Harry Zakkour is fondly remembered for leading Hearts to win their first ever continental silverware, the 2000 Champions League, and the Super Cup. He said he will readily make his services available should the opportunity present itself for him to serve the club again.

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