Hearts players boycott training

Players of Accra Hearts of Oak yesterday boycotted training to demand salaries which have gone unpaid for a period of three months.

The action of the players did not surprise the Deputy Coach of the team, Henry Wellington and his backroom staff following indications given last week if the salaries were not paid.

A club source close told the Times Sports yesterday at their training grounds at Legon that the players are owed three months salaries, that is, October, December and January as well as some bonuses.

According to the source, the players threatened to boycott training earlier but that was downplayed by the club’s top brass.

“The players made their intentions clear even before they resumed training from the Christmas break but the board and management did not take them serious.”

The boycott angered the sparse crowd that stormed the training grounds, demanding the resignation of members serving on the two bodies ahead of their season opener against Inter Allies at the El Wak Stadium on Sunday.

Management member and club accountant, Mr. Hackman Aidoo in a chat stated that the board and management felt slighted by the action of the players.

“Yes we owe the players for three months and we are working round the clock to get them paid. We expected the players to put up this behaviour just four days to the start of the 2016/2017 league season.”

According to him, management is yet to be informed as to the reason why the players did not show up for training, adding that, management would meet with the deputy coach as well as the leadership of the playing body to hear them out and get them back to the field.

The visibly unhappy management member said the majority shareholder of the club, Togbe Afede XIV is doing his best for the club alone with no sponsorship and the least the players should do is to put up such a behaviour.

By Raymond Ackumey

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