A former management member of Accra Hearts of Oak, Abdul Aziz Haruna Futah says he is ready to lead a fan campaign to rally supporters to raise money to buy Togbe Afede XIV’s shares so he can quit the club like he promised.
The club’s board chairman dared his critics at Wednesday’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the club to buy the shares of SAS, a company owned by him, and take over the reins of the club.
The visibly angry board chairman went on to say that there are no personal gains in serving the club to warrant the constant attack from fans and critics of his administration and that those who think they care more about the club should demonstrate that passion by buying his shares to enable him leave.
Responding in an interview with Accra based Asempa FM, yesterday, Futah, a known critic of the Torgbe Afede led board said he was ready to lead a massive campaign for the supporters to come together and take the club from the current board.
“This is the time to show that we are true Hearts of Oak fans and to prove we love the team by going forward to purchase and get the team back. We don’t want anybody to own this club ever again, we the supporters will run our club,” he fumed.
Futah, early this year told fans that the club was going down and that it was important they move to its rescue by mobilising funds to pay the board chairman off.
According to him, the time to act is now as the board chairman announced his desire to sell his shares to quit.
“The fortunes of our club has dwindled year in year out since this board took over, we now struggle for survival from relegation, and to make matters worse, there is a huge gap between the fans and the board.”
He stated that if fans come together and donate at least GH¢1.00 each, they will be able to buy off the club from Torgbe Afede and run it perfectly.
“This is not about fighting anybody, he has thrown a challenge and I am ready to campaign for the true fans of the Oak tree family to start contributing towards buying the club back.
Another critic of the current board, Mr. Maxwell Yaw Asabre, a former National Chapters Committee General Secretary told the station that Torgbe’s comments were signs of greater things to come.
He, however, called on him to let the fans know the rate at which he was selling his shares and for how much.
“Torgbe must let us know if he is selling his shares at the old rate of GH¢ 0.50p or it has gone up now. When the myth surrounding all this is cleared, the campaign to move and takeover the club will move to the next gear.”
Furthermore, he called on the current owner to help fans know the present state of the club, whether it has appreciated or devalued, from the period of the flotation till now.
By Raymond Ackumey