Hearts’ CEO admits borrowing for Esperance match

Gerald Ankrah -Heart CEO

Gerald Ankrah -Heart CEO

The Chief Executive Officer of Accra Hearts of Oak, Gerald Ankrah, has admitted that the club had to borrow money to support its campaign in the CAF Confederation Cup.

Hearts were unable to make the group stage of the African club competition after losing 5-1 on aggregate to Esperance in the final preliminary qualifier.

The club had to strengthen its finances to be able to compete in the Confederation Cup which is seen in this part of the world as economically a loss venture.

Mr. Ankrah confirmed they borrowed money to augment their scarce resources for the failed African campaign.

“It is not all our money. We had to borrow from other sources,” he confirmed to Happy FM.

Hearts are still counting their losses over their failed campaign in the Confederation Cup not only on the financial front but also in terms of human resource with some players sustaining various degrees of injuries.

*Green Grass Technology has promised to deliver a perfect playing surface when Ghana host Mauritius in the opening 2017 AFCON qualifier on Sunday.

There have been simmering complaints from some of the Black Stars players over the quality of the pitch after the 1-0 win over Togo in an international friendly at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Skipper Asamoah Gyan has led these complaints – admitting it made moving the ball difficult for the side in the game against Togo meant to prepare the side for the weekend’s clash.

But head of Green Grass Technology – who are responsible for the proper grooming of pitch – Frank Boahen says the concerns of the players will be taken on board as they work to improve the playing surface before Sunday’s game.

“We are here for the team and therefore I am looking forward to meeting some of the senior players to know their concern about the pitch,” he said.

“After listening to their concerns, we will move quickly to address these concerns before they play the game on Sunday.

From Times Sports Desk

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