Ghana Premier League

Hearts of Oak players lack winning mentality – Abeka Ankrah

Abeka Ankrah believes most Hearts of Oak players play without any seriousness

Hearts of Oak legend, Abeka Ankrah has said the current players of the club lack winning mentality.

This comes following the club’s shambolic campaign in the just-ended season of the Ghana Premier League where the club finished tenth on the league log.

According to the former midfielder, most of the current Hearts of Oak players play for the club as if there is nothing at stake.

Speaking to the club’s media in a video posted on YouTube, Abeka Ankrah entreated the current Hearts of Oak players to give out their best for the club in the seasons ahead.

“They [Hearts of Oak players] should be disciplined and know that they play for a big club. They should try and give out all their best for the club”, he said.

“Sometimes I listen to commentaries on radio, I have been following the game and I have realised that most of the players play like there is nothing at stake. There is something more to playing for Hearts of Oak, they should get a winning mentality because they don’t have that. In every man’s life, there are ups and downs, when you are down, you try to reorganize yourself and come back very strong and that’s what Hearts of Oak for you”, he added.

Meanwhile, Hearts of Oak have commenced pre-season training for the 2023/24 league season with technical director Rene Hiddink leading the team through training.

The former Ghana Premier League champions are currently without a head coach after the sacking of Serbian trainer Slavko Matic whose contract was terminated in midway of last season.

Matic’s assistant coach, David Ocloo took over the club for the rest of last season on the interim but has also been sacked after the just-ended season of the Ghana Premier League.

The Phobians are expected to announce a new substantive head coach before the 2023/24 league season commence in September.

Hearts of Oak will begin the 2023/24 Ghana Premier League campaign with a trip to Tamale to face Real Tamale United at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium.

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