Too Little Too Late; Hearts abysmal performance worrying
Hearts of Oak won against ASR Bamako on Sunday at the Accra Sports Stadium in the second leg of the CAF Confederations Cup by 1-0 in a difficult encounter. That victory was not enough to help the club sail through to the next round of the competition, thus, exiting in their first round but second round of the competition. After losing 3-0 in the first leg in Bamako from a kneeling performance that left the team bruised in heading towards the second leg, much was not expected from the team prior the game yesterday from outside the club.
However, much hope was whipped within the club to spike up the team’s chances of making it pass ASR Bamako, who did not show much quality of a good side in the first leg.
The Phobians have not won a Ghana Premier League match since the 2021/22 season, after the last win against Bibiani Gold Stars at the Duns Park.
The club is in difficult moments and needs to start picking results, especially in this new season where they are yet to record a win after three games.
As it stands, Hearts is without a Head Coach to lead the technical team which had a barring effect on the team’s performance in both legs.
The hiatus in the league will serve as a good omen for Hearts to rejuvenate and hit the grounds running as the quest remain to win the local league and defend the FA Cup once more.
Togbe Afede calls for emergency board meeting
Board Chairman of Hearts of Oak, Togbe Afede XIV, has reportedly called for an emergency meeting following the club’s abysmal display in Africa.
The Phobians were booted out of the CAF Confederation Cup despite a 1-0 victory in Accra on Sunday against AS Real Bamako. Hearts exited the competition 3-1 on aggregate following a 3-0 defeat last week in Mali.
Information reaching GHANASoccernet reveals, Togbe Afede XIV is unhappy with the team’s display hence the reason for the meeting. The majority shareholder of the club is demanding answers from the leadership of the team as well as management of Hearts of Oak.
On Sunday, fans of the club vented their spleen at board members Vincent Sowah Odotei and Alhaji Braimah Moro popularly known as Alhaji Akanbi, deflating the car tyres of the duo.
And before the game, former coach Samuel Boadu was allowed into the inner-perimeter where he cheered his former players and fans on, something that Togbe Afede XIV did not approve off.
Hearts of Oak are still without a substantive coach as assistant gaffer David Ocloo supervised the two-legged encounter against AS Bamako.
Hearts supporters chief arrested following clash with Sowah Odotei
Police have arrested Hearts of Oak supporters chief Elvis Herman Hesse after his altercation with board member Vincent Sowah Odotei on Sunday.
Hesse and Odotei clashed during the Phobians’ 1-0 CAF Confederation Cup win over AS Real Bamako, which was insufficient to advance the Phobians to the next round of the competition.
After the game, enraged fans took it out on Odotei and another board member, Alhaji Akanbi. Ghanasoccernet understands that their car tyres were deflated.
Odotei is said to believe Herman Hesse is responsible for the fans’ behaviour and reported him to the Ministry Police, who arrested the National Chapters Committee (NCC) chairman on Monday afternoon.
The NCC had planned a press conference yesterday at Accra Sports Stadium to air their grievances following the club’s failure to reach the group stage, popularly known as the money zone.