ANNETTE S. YEBOAH
GHANA PREMIER League club, Hearts of Oak, have been branded and ridiculed as a disgrace to Ghana football with their appearance on and off the field of play.
Some football fans who could not believe that a club like the Phobians established on November 11, 1911 still cannot do things right but keep doing things unprofessionally.
According to Mr Kwasi Yeboah, a serial caller, Hearts of Oak are destroying the image of the game in the country.
“Guys let face the fact; Hearts of Oak are destroying the image of Ghana football,” he said.
He said the Accra-based club is just ridiculing itself concerning how it treats players, which reflects in how they carry themselves.
Now the Phobians are being compared with players who play for competitor and rival Asante Kotoko, who seem to be enjoying both on the field and outside it.
Before the commencement of the league, the multi-coloured club unveiled its players at a Goil Filling Station in Accra with players wearing flip-flop with socks.
A picture circulating on social media, especially Instagram, Whatsapp and Facebook, shows a player of the Phobians coming out of the team’s bus with a towel around his neck wearing a yellow male flip-flop from their base to the Accra Sports Stadium.
Many expected that majority shareholder and chairman of the club’s board, Togbe Afede XIV, taking over the club, will see a tremendous transformation but the club keeps sinking.
Year in year out, the club keeps repeating the same mistakes over and over again when it comes to hiring and firing coaches, recruiting and releasing players as well as the day to day management of the team, including issues concerning players’ salaries and bonuses.