Former Hearts of Oak CEO, Vincent Sowah Odotei, has described the decision of the club not to participate in Africa as not only disappointing, but also a disgrace to the club.
“The Hearts board and management should bow down their heads in shame for running this great club down”, he told a Kumasi-based radio station, Angel FM, at the weekend.
Mr Odotei, currently the CEO of King Faisal, said he had been vindicated about the fears he expressed some two years ago about the future of Hearts of Oak.
“That was the time I was sacked as CEO for attempting to inject professionalism into the management of Hearts of Oak”, he said.
Mr Odotei expressed regret that some people at the helm of affairs at Hearts of Oak were not ready to accept modern trends in football management.
“At a point I told them that if they did not stop their old ways of doing things, a time would come when Hearts of Oak would not have money to buy even pure water, and I am being proved right”, he said.
He said it was amazing that a big club like Hearts could be plunged into such a financial mess.
Mr Odotei stated that when he took over as acting CEO, he started “a strategic recruitment’’ with the view to building a strong team for the future, for Africa but the big guns in the club saw this move as a waste.
Meanwhile, Mr Odotei said King Faisal were yet to decide as to whether to participate in Africa or not. “The chances are 50-50,’’ he stressed.