EMBITTERED fans of Accra Hearts of Oak yesterday demanded a ‘pound of flesh’ from the club’s Chief Executive, Vincent Sowah-Odotei, after the Phobians slumped 0-1 to visiting Medeama SC in their penultimate Premier League clash at the Accra Sports Stadium.
The distressed supporters dreadfully hunted for Odotei like a game in the Dodowa forest, raging to ‘tear him apart’ and the fluky man had to be whisked away in Hollywood style to safety.
Odotei’s crime: They blamed him for masterminding the exit of their trusted Japanese-American trainer Kenichi Yatsuhashi which they attribute to the club’s current position.
With the hunted man fleeing from their sight, the fans then turned their anger on the club’s management members and chanted obscenities at them.
Failure to crack a dogged Medeama side yesterday coolly handed the premier league trophy to Wa All Stars for the first time, even with a game to spare. The Stars upstaged Aduana 2-1 at home to open up a six-point gap heading into the final games on Sunday.
Indeed, a Kenichi-led Hearts side had beaten Medeama 2-0 in their first meeting in Tarkwa, and the fans had hoped for a gorgeous double chuckle over the Yellow and Mauves.
But they failed, falling to Kwesi Donsu’s 80th minute low right-footed corker that exploded into the blind side of goalkeeper Samuel Akurugu. The stadium slumped into scared-stiff silence because the goal came at a time Yaw Preko’s charges had opened fire on their opponents.
With an expected back-to-back conquest evaporating into thin air on the ferocious afternoon, the Hearts players filed away in despondency, especially after learning of Wa All Stars win. It was understandable.
Victory for All Stars meant that even an astounding 1,000 goals for Hearts against New Edubiase in their last game would still be irrelevant to a frantic chase for a title they clinched years ago.
Interestingly, Hearts were in fine fettle yesterday and worked ruthlessly in attack as Isaac Mensah, Foovi Aguidi, Patrick Razak and Musah Ibrahim hunted for the initiative all afternoon.
But a mixture of defensive defiance and attacking enterprise from Medeama created a lot of anxious moments for the home team whose backline spearheaded by skipper Inusah Musah, had to overwork themselves to survive the second half onslaughts.
The visitors’ defensive solidity and attacking flair was always a delight to watch.
However, it was Hearts who created the better chances on the afternoon as Razak, Ibrahim and substitute Eric Kumi (scored in their first meeting), all took turns to blow away decent opportunities.
It was a performance of remarkable grit for Hearts in the second session and many wondered the sudden emergence of that fighting spirit when the dream is already crushed!