Kim Grant, Head Coach for Accra Hearts of Oak says players are getting injured frequently due to the tight fixtures of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Normalisation Committee Special Competition.
The ongoing competition is played on Wednesdays and Sundays each week.
According to him, the long absence of football activities in the country, has affected the fitness of the players and playing on two-day intervals were having a heavy impact on the players.
Grant, who has been criticised by a section of the ‘Phobia’ family for not having a first team due to the changes of players in all the four matches played so far, noted that it was necessary for the team to rotate due to the tight nature of the competition.
Speaking after his side beat Ebusua Dwarfs 2-1, Grant said he was forced to make two quick substitutions in the first half due to injuries.
“Injuries are part of the game but most of these are from the tight schedules of the ongoing league, where we play twice in a week.
“I have a young and inexperienced team, so it’s necessary and important to keep rotating them for the competition due to injuries, I would urge the fans to be patient and support the management as we build a team for the future,” he added.
Grant said he was building a young and formidable team for the future with a long term vision, of bringing laurels to the club.
He said the GFA Normalisation Committee Special Competition was just a short term league to keep clubs and players’ active, adding that he was using that to prepare a winsome team for the proper league.
“Hearts of Oak is in transition now; we have a long term project we are working on. We would do our best to build a good atmosphere for the players in the future.
“The NC Competition is just a short term tournament, which clubs are using to assess their players and to keep clubs busy as well. It would yield the desired results when we finally get a well-structured and long term league going on in the country,” he said.
According to Grant, he understands the supporters always want a win, but it was also important that they bear with the team, as they build the confidence and morale of the young players at their disposal.–GNA