Accra Hearts of Oak Board member Alhaji Akanbi has slammed organizers of the J. A Kuffour Anniversary Cup for failing to meet the conditions outlined by the Phobians, a reason why they have declined to honour the invitation.
Hearts of Oak were initially billed to play against their arc rivals Asante Kotoko in the J. A. Kuffour Anniversary Cup in honour of the former President for the celebration of his 80th birthday, but pulled out later on as negotiations broke down, and Alhaji Akambi has been quick to deposit the blame at the doorsteps of the organizers instead.
“I have heard a lot of media outlets suggesting that Hearts of Oak (willfully) pulled out of the game, (but) Hearts of Oak never for one single day said we won’t play, no”, Akambi told FOX FM in an interview.
“We gave our conditions to the organizers and they felt they cannot meet it up, does it mean we pulled out of the game?”, he questioned.
Media reports have suggested that Hearts of Oak does not even intend to honour the ceremonial match for reasons best known to them, but Akambi insists his outfit was ever ready to play but the organizers failed to meet their demands.
” You (the media) are creating different impression for outsiders to think as if Hearts of Oak said they will not play, meanwhile it is not so.
“We’ve been playing such games on many occasions so why will this one be different?
“Football goes with money and whatever will help us to play that game tabled to the organizers and that was it, so that’s the correction I want to make”, he sought to clarify.
Asked of what conditions did Hearts of Oak outline to the organizers, Alhaji Akambi refused to disclose.
Meanwhile, the exit of Hearts of Oak paved way for Kotoko’s regional neighbours Ashanti Gold SC, who have accepted to pair Kotoko for the match slated for Sunday, December 2 in Kumasi to duly honour the former Ghana President John Agyekum Kuffour to commemorate his 80th birthday.