Ghana Premier League

Hearts of Oak to appoint Martin Koopman as head coach

Martin Koopman is joining Hearts of Oak as news coach

Ghanaian football powerhouse, Hearts of Oak are close to appointing Dutch trainer, Martin Koopman has new head coach according to reports reaching Getsportsgh.com.

The 67-year old is reported to have reached an agreement with the Phobians and expected in Ghana in next few days to finalize the deal.

The Hearts of Oak coaching job has been vacant since the sacking of Serbian trainer Slavko Matic in midway of last season due to uninspiring performance.

The job was given to then assistant coach David Ocloo who took charge of the club for the rest of the 2022/23 league season on the interim.

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The former Ghana Premier League champions have been in the market searching for a new substantive coach to lead the team to the 2023/24 league season after a shambolic campaign last season.

And after a thorough search, Hearts of Oak have reportedly settled on Martin Koopman for the top job.

Per reports, Koopman was highly recommended to the Hearts of Oak management by the club’s technical director Rene Hiddink who is also from the Netherlands.

Martin Koopman is a former Dutch defender who boast of huge experience in his coaching career, having handled clubs like Cambuur, Go Ahead Eagles, FC Groningen, FC Den Bosch, Roda JC, AS Vita Club and host of others.

He has also coached the Saudi Arabia and Maldives national teams in his career.

Meanwhile, Hearts of Oak have appointed Abdul Rahim Bashiru Tijani to their coaching staff as an assistant coach.

Tijani, who previously served as an assistant coach at Legon Cities for the past two seasons, will now take up the role of deputy to the yet-to-be-named head coach of the club.

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After finishing 12th on 46 points and missing out on the top four in the previous season, Hearts of Oak are gearing up for the upcoming campaign.

The club have already announced the first batch of its technical team, with Dutchman Rene Hiddink being appointed as the technical director.

The new technical team includes key members who are expected to enhance the team’s performance. Jerry Adjei Asare has been appointed as the goalkeeper’s trainer, while former player Sebastian Barns will take on the role of head of the Scouts.

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