Hearts sets record straight over reports

TrgbACCRA Hearts of Oak Sporting Club hascalled on the media to stop peddling falsehood about the club and its executive board chairman Togbe Afede XIV, adding that it does not augar well for club unity and development of football in the country in general.

“For some time now a section of the Ghanaian media has resorted to attacking the personality of our board chairman calling him names and fabricating stories to put him in a bad light and create confusion between him n the clubs fan base.”

Speaking at a press conference held at the Ghana Football Association office yesterday, to address issues, Managing Director of the Club Mr. Gerald Nii Adjabeng Ankrah noted that the club is unhappy at the series of calculated attacks on the club and the way the media goes about issues concerning the club without cross-checking the facts of their reportage.

Chronicling some of the issues Mr. Ankrah who was flanked by the corporate affairs and marketing manager of the club Joe Addo and Hackman Aidoo administrative manager, stated that it is a blatant lie that Togbe Afede XIV dictates to board members during board meetings or does not listen to any member of the board when taking finals decision concerning the club.

“The board is made up of astute and professionally minded personalities who know their left from right and have the club at heart and would do nothing to cause harm to the club or sit unconcern to allow a one man show to be run at the club.

According to him the rumour that it was the executive chairman who single handedly sacked former coach David Duncan from the club was untrue adding that Togbe Afede XIV was in favour of maintaining the coach but strong opposition from board members defeated his desire.

On his part Joe Addo noted that it was untrue that the club had sack members of their technical team stating that management took a decision to improve the technical team and that was it, “all the technical staff have a two years contract with the club and both sides are ready to respect and honour it to the latter.”

He debunked the notion that the club is cash strapped and not in good standing to play in the CAF Confederation Cup competition as a figment of one’s imagination

Mr. Hackman Aidoo revealed that media reports to the effect that board member in charge of finance Mr. Apiigi Afenu had fallen out with the executive board chairman over allegations of financial mismanagement were untrue.

According to him Mr. Afenu who was seconded to the board by the club’s sponsor Strategic African Securities (SAS) had other equally important engagements and opted to resign and the board accepted his decision and at no point did he Mr. Afenu go out to accuse Togbe Afede XIV of any wrong doings.

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