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Sports News of Saturday, 21 July 2018

Source: Ghana Soccernet

Hearts of Oak will survive without Cobbina - Noonan

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Managing Director of Hearts of Oak Mark Noonan has played down suggestions that the departure of Winful Cobbina will harm his outfit in the near future.

Cobbina, 26, left Hearts of Oak to join Albanian giants KF Tirana on a three-year deal last week.

The 26-year-old's departure has been met with mixed reaction from the club's supporters - with many insisting that the vacuum created by his departure could not be filled anytime soon.

But though Mr. Noonan conceded it as a loss, he believes they will survive without the silky attacker.

“We cannot dispute the fact that quality players are sold around the world and Hearts of Oak did a good business in selling Winful Cobbina," Noonan told Joy sports.

"This is because the standard out there is much better than what we have here so it wasn't wrong that he left.

“However, replacing Cobbina will not be a problem for Hearts. This is because we have two young players in the junior side who play just as he does and they will fill the void. We will survive without him,” he added.

Noonan also revealed that Hearts' multi-purpose training ground will be commissioned in August.

“The Pobiman project remains paramount to me and work has already begun. We will get it as quickly as we can," he said.

"The first team will start training at the facility in August after it is opened and I expect it to be fully completed by the end of this year,” he added.

Cobbinah was named Ghana FA Cup Player of the Year last season after helping Hearts to reach the final.

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