Accra Hearts of Oak SC are on a 10-year domestic trophy drought dating back to the 2008/09 season despite the array of talents assembled in the last 10 seasons. The club have endured enough heartbreaks in the last 10 years that saw their main rivals Asante Kotoko SC blossoming with hat-tricks of trophies between 2010 and 2014. Under the leadership of Kim Grant, the onetime fearsome club hinted at ending their trophy hoodoo thanks to a combination of youthful players with some experienced legs.
Ahead of the 2019/20 seasons, 442gh.com’s Saani Abacha takes a look at the new generation of players that will bring smiles back to the faces of the Phobian family. From Richmond Ayi in post to Joseph Esso, Bernard Arthur and Michelle Sarpong upfront, fans of the 2000 CAF Champions league winners must remain hopeful thanks to their new array of stars assembled.
Kim Grant can field as many three different teams with slight intersections across board as seen in the piece below. The arrival of Richmond Ayi from WAFA SC seems to have ended the goalkeeping crisis with some top class speaking for the Black Meteors shot stopper.
In goal post, Grant can choose from Ayi, Mensah and Baidoo in a hugely competitive set up ahead of the 2019/20 season. All three goal keepers have proven their worth to earn the trust of the coach.
In defense, Mohammed Alhassan and Christopher Boney are the only players to have sealed starting berths in the team with Benjamin Agyare, Raddy Ovouka, Williams Denkyi, Sumaila Larry and several other players blinking on and off ahead of the new season.
The heartbeat of this new team is currently the midfield department with as many as four quality midfielders vying for two slots in the team. From the ever present Benjamin Afutu to the newly acquired Emmanuel Mintah, Hearts of Oak SC cannot complain of shortage of numbers at the center of the pitch. Daniel Kordie’s work rate, Aminu Mohammed’s versatility, Dominic Eshun’s passing accuracy and other academy products made the midfield department a no go terrain for new comers.
Upfront, Joseph Esso leads the chasing pack that has Bernard Arthur, Manaf Umar, Michelle Sarpong and Kofi Kordzi in a galaxy of sharp shooting stars roaring to leave their name in ink. Mohamed Fatawu’s conversation from wing back into an attacking threat could reduce his game time if his attacking teammates can add goals to their game.
Richmond Ayi, Christopher Boney, Williams Denkyi, Mohammed Alhassanm Robert Addo, Benjamin Afutu, Emmanuel Mintah, Bernard Arthur, Manaf Umar, Joseph Esso, Michelle Sarpong
Ben Mensah, Fatawu Mohammed, Benjamin Agyare, Mohammed Alhassan, RaddyOvouka, Daniel Kordie, Aminu Mohamed, Dominic Eshun, Kordzi, Michelle Sarpong, Joseph Esso,
It might be early days yet but the exploits of the Phobians in the NC Special competition before the arrival of their latest recruits gave a clear picture of what awaits opponents when the league kicks off in November 2019.