The Phobia family is beginning to believe. The ghost that has haunted this history-making club appears to be on the verge of being exorcised.
It’s been about 11 years of emotional trauma. 11 years of losing that trophy-winning credentials, but this might just be the year, Togbe Afede XIV, board chairman of the club, would look back at his investment and wear a grin. Since that famous flotation of shares, since that famous sacking of Kosta Papic for losing bizarrely to King Faisal, this club, that adores history, has not been anywhere near the pedestal, many claim they deserve.
Supporters have often taken Togbe to cleaners for what they say, is mismanagement of a club they have loved for years, his hidden critics have questioned his desire to win laurels; they never lose an opportunity to reprise what few say, ‘running a one-man show’ and that ‘Hearts is not a one-man club,’ but since the arrival of Samuel Boadu the fortunes of this Oak family seem to be on a track never seen in recent years, and that has gotten a disunited family united.
This weekend, when the players walk out of that tunnel to face Kotoko, their enemies who have a knack for ending their parties, 10,000 eye balls will be on the stands to witness what could be a history-changing era, while millions will be watching from home.
Physically, many will be afar, but emotionally, they will be closer with a deep breath and a sense of belongingness, expecting Boadu and his boys to cross that line.
This might not be a destiny-defining match, but it is certainly that line when crossed, it will be about catch me if you can.
But, can they last the whole course? Boadu will be immortalised by many and seen as a totem by others for what he has achieved if this league trophy gets to sit on the Phobia cabinet.