- Eric Kumi expected his colleagues to protect him from attracting the second yellow card
- Hearts had not beaten Medeama at the T&A
- Kumi scored the second goal after Cosmos Dauda had scored the first goal
- The referee gave him a second yellow card after he celebrated his goal by taking off his shirt which resulted in his sending off
- He apologized to his colleagues and supporters
- Hearts are already suffering the absence of Soulama and Samudeen Ibrahim
- They play Dwarfs in their next match
In-form sensational Hearts of Oak midfielder Eric Kumi says he is disappointed in his colleagues for not protecting him over what he calls the ‘unnecessary’ yellow card in the club’s jinx breaking 2-0 victory over Medeama on Sunday.
The club had not beaten bogey side Medeama, at their T&A base in Tarkwa. Kumi put up a spirited performance against the Mauve and Yellow club when he stung them with a brilliant second half insurance goal in 84 minute.
Kumi who many described as the hero of the day, capped his achievement with an avoidable yellow card just after scoring the goal as he went over board by taking off his shirt in celebrating his goal. This was after Cosmos Dauda had scored their first goal.
He had earlier on received the caution from the referee in the first half and automatically had to be sent off in the second incident.
Speaking to our Yen.com sports desk, the player who joined Hearts three seasons ago as a youngster said he caved in under the joy of the occasion. ‘I was over excited. I knew I would score immediately the ball came to me. And so when I scored, I didn’t even know where I was…… I took off my shirt and all my colleagues joined me. Then the referee showed me the card. I expected someone to shout at me and warn me not to take my shirt but nobody did. I was disappointed,’ he said.
He is expected to serve a one match ban as they face Ebusua Dwarfs in Cape Coast on Sunday.
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Kumi was the hero of the day after setting up Dauda Cosmos for the first goal of the game before finishing superbly in the last minute to hand Hearts of Oak their first victory at the Tarkwa Park.
The Phobians are already suffering the loss of Soulama Abdoulaye and midfield gem, Samudeen Ibrahim and his absence will be a massive blow to the club who look revived under new Japanese trainer, Kenichi Yatsuhashi.
Kumi said he feels sorry for his action and hope to learn from it. ‘I have already apologized to my team mates and the fans. It won’t happen again.’
Hearts have claimed all six points in their two games so far, scoring three and conceding none. They beat New Edubiase 1-0 in their opening encounter at the Accra Sports stadium and went on to beat Medeama 2-0.