- Hearts News have reported that the club have paid all its players both old and their outstanding enticement fees
- The club’s supporters bashed their management for leaving Kotoko to buy the better players
- Ernest Sowah and Stephen Adams who were eager to play join them slipped through their hands
- The club’s major financier Togbe Togbe Afede XIV is said to have handed the club a lifeline by giving them US$ 450,000
Ghana’s premier club Accra Hearts of Oak have reported on Friday through the club’s Hearts News publication that they have settled all outstanding enticement fees owed its players, both old and new.
The club’s supporters blamed the board members and management for not showing enough activity on the transfer market where they lost out to Kotoko, their rivals to have a field’s day by attracting some quality players, mostly from the local scene.
Players like Stephen Adams and Ernest Sowah were always seen as done deals for the Phobians but, Kotoko ditched them when they signed Ernest Sowah. Black Stars second choice goalkeeper for the second season running, has stayed put with his Aduana club. He renewed his contract to continue playing for the Dormaa club.
Hearts managed to rope in quite a few good players like Sam Yeboah and former King Solomon kin-pin Shamudeen close to the curtain being drawn on player registration.
Both Hearts and Kotoko were said to be owing players they signed by not paying their enticement fees as agreed in their contracts.
However, the club’s finances have improved after majority shareholder Togbe Afede XIV reportedly injected a whopping US$ 450,000 to boost the fortunes of the Oak Tree family side ahead of the new season.
Hearts News said in their publication on Friday that: “All nine new players who were signed ahead of the start of the season and those signed at the beginning of last season have been paid.”
This will be a relief to the supporters and a morale booster to the playing body ahead of the new campaign where Hearts host New Edubiase in their opening 2015/15 Premier League fixture on 21 February.