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Sports News of Wednesday, 20 May 2020


You are too soft to coach Hearts - Ex-player Allotey slams Odoom

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A former player of Accra Hearts of Oak, Charles Allotey, has lashed out at current coach Edward Nii Odoom, calling him too soft.

Allotey, who played for the club during their most glorious times winning league titles and the CAF Champions League in 2000, says the performance of the players does not suggest that they have the club at heart and are willing to play.

Accra Hearts of Oak’s form prior to the suspension of the Ghana Premier League due to the coronavirus didn’t make for exciting viewing for the fans.

Hearts had played 14 games winning 5 and losing 3 while picking up 5 draws in the process.

The undulating form had left them in 9th place, 7 points adrift of leaders, Aduana Stars.

Allotey simply called it unacceptable.

“It is very low. They should give Auroras to him and then find another coach to coach the senior side. The players are going down,” he told TV3.

Charles Allotey, whose time at Hearts of Oak was hugely competitive, believes the current crop have it easy and are not pushing themselves as much.

“If you like check from when [Kim] Grant was coach and now you can see that the players are not playing as well as they were playing at first. Let’s take a player like Benjamin Arthur. He cannot play anymore but when he was at Liberty he was playing very well,” he continued.

Allotey maintains that the only way Hearts will progress is if they sack the Head Coach and replace him with someone competent enough to do the job.

“They should give him Auroras and find an old player who can manage the team because I think he is too slow. He is too slow for my liking. If I were a player under him, I wouldn’t listen to him too much but unfortunately, he has to talk to the players.”

Charles Allotey was a member of Ghana’s U-17 team that won the World Cup in 1995.