FORMER Chief Executive of Accra Hearts of Oak, Nii Ayi Bonte II (Gbese Mantse), has expressed his utmost appreciation to the club’s supporters for their commitment and loyalty that ensured that Hearts avoided the drop from the top flight.
“We were in a tight corner and risked being dumped into relegation for the first time since the formation of the club in 1911, but our supporters and Phobians from all walks of life showed up in unity to fight out the threat.
“Today, we can confidently say we are out of the woods as we look forward to a new season full of hope and assurance,” he told the Times Sports on Sunday, hours after Hearts had beaten Berekum Chelsea 3-2 at the Accra Sports Stadium to go fifth on the First Capital Plus Premier League log.
The Gbese Mantse, under whose leadership Hearts annexed several laurels including the 2004 CAF Confederation Cup, was particularly grateful to former capo of the club, Harry Zakour, former management members – Akwetey Stephen and Isaac Tetteh (T.T Brothers) among others “who committed their invaluable time and resources to ensuring that the club survived the tempest.”
Until they won a protest against Kumasi Asante Kotoko for fielding an unqualified player a couple of weeks ago, Hearts were deeply stuck in relegation zone (15th) with two games to end it all. But, three points snatched from the ‘boardroom’ flicked the Phobians out of danger and now the club may be eyeing a Top Four finish.
However, Kotoko have since appealed the decision of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Disciplinary Committee to declare them losers of the match they won by beating Hearts 2-1 at the Accra Sports Stadium.
By John Vigah