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Hearts of Oak lost to JS Soura in the CAF Confederation Cup because the players were old – Nyaho-Tamakloe

Nyaho-Tamakloe believes most of the players were old hence the heavy defeat

Senior board member of Hearts of Oak, Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe has said the club lost heavily to JS Soura in the 2021/22 CAF Confederation Cup because most of the players were aged.

According to the renowned statesman, the Hearts of Oak players in that game in Algeria lacked speed, strength and skills which culminated to the heavy defeat in the North African country.

“The way I see football now, you must have speed, strength and skills. If you have these three plus resilient, you should play anywhere in the world. If you watch modem football, this three are important, that’s why I have been hitting on when a player is old, he should be released. The match we had recently in Algeria, clearly our boys were aged”, Nyaho-Tamakloe told Hearts of Oak media in a video on YouTube.

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In the said game, Hearts of Oak lost 4-0 to JS Saoura in the remote west Algerian city of Bechar and lost the play-off 4-2 on aggregate. This was after begining the 2021-2022 African club season in the elite CAF Champions League, but exited in the final qualifying round after suffering a 6-1 to Wydad Casablanca in Morocco.

Asked what Ghana as a country needs to do to revamp its football, Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe responded by saying, “So I think if the country really want to forge ahead, then we need very young footballers to be trained and use their youthful age to build a strong team. We dominated football in Africa and during those times, we had a youthful team. During the Baba Yara’s time, they were in their twenties and some were even below.Ofei Doodo started at 18 and was playing in the Black Stars.

“But right now, we have had a lot of age-cheating and other dubious acts going on and with that you can’t build a good team, you certainly can’t. And since individual companies are not pumping in money, it’s the duty of the government to pump in money to get good results just like what Kwame Nkrumah and other leaders did for Ghana football.”

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