Acting Managing Director of Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club Mr. Vincent Odotei Sowah says the Strategy Committee, together with the board of the club are on the verge of repositioning the club and making it a brand that would be successful both on and off the field.
“We are striving to turn its fortunes back to the glory days when the club was winning titles as well as position the Hearts of Oak brand to be more competitive and profitable.”
Speaking at a cake cutting and jersey unveiling ceremony last Friday as part of activities to mark the club’s 105 anniversary, Mr. Sowah noted that he personally would have been a lot happier if Hearts of Oak today was a club that is sustainably competitive and profitable, and is able to build capacity, buy the kind of players needed as well as being able to compare themselves to other great clubs in the world.
“Personally I must admit I am are not happy with the state of the club as of now. I do not think as a brand, apart from the successes we have chalked on the field, in times past there is anything to write home about for now.”
While using the opportunity to apologise to all Phobians for the setback last season where they promised a lot, yet delivered none, Mr. Sowah assured fans that they have what it takes to turn things around, and beginning next season things would take it rightful course at the club.
Touting the club’s record achievements so far at the domestic level, where they have won the league on 20 occasions, 10 FA cups, nine super cups and five times double champions, while picking the CAF Champions league in 2000, CAF Super Cup in 2001 and the virgin CAF Confederations Cup in 2004 against fiercest rivals Kumasi Asante Kotoko, at the continental level, he noted that the fans have craved for more of such glorious moments and they are working to ensure the return of those golden days.
The acting managing director further assured the club’s faithfuls that the club is in good hands and the future of the club looks great with the coming season.
“As the club celebrates its 105 anniversary we are being guided by the experiences of the past as we strive to build for a brighter future, knowing we can achieve greater heights in unity and I assure the club’s supporters and the general sporting public that we are committed to building the best sports brand not only in Ghana but on the whole continent and would not spare any effort at achieving it,” he added.
He revealed that plans were far advance to hire a top helmsman to head the technical team and announced a three years $100,000 full packaged kits sponsorship deal with Pacific Football Ghana Limited, which he noted is one of the best deals to be signed by any club in Ghana today, where they are not required to buy unlike in times past.
He noted that the club had begun the process of going to the market early next year for a renounceable right issue to raise more capital to ensure the club is able to develop the Kpobiman project fully.
He took the opportunity to warn all those who have been selling the club’s memorabilia that they are going to enforce the law since the right to such things had been given to a company and that they would make sure the law enforcement agencies clampdown on them.
He also took the opportunity to salute Christopher Brandford Nettey who led a group of young men to form the team. He made special mention of the likes of Simon-Okraku and brothers (Adolf, Alfred and Wilhelm), J.T.O. Ankrah, J.A. Aryee, Dodoo Annang, Darku Abbey, Mark Nettey, the Solomon duo (Amponsah and Kwashie) the Bruce-Tagoe brothers (W.W. and T.F), Willie Ocran, T.F Wilson, J.D.K Botwe, F.D. Amoo, Peter Malm, Quarshie Coker and Akom Duncan for their toil and sweat to bring the club up.
By Raymond Ackumey