Tuesday, January 5, 2010


FEW weeks after chastising the management of Accra Hearts of Oak for what he described as their poor handling of the club, King Faisal CEO, Vincent Sowah Odotei, is now feeling the heat as continuous poor form has kept his club languishing at the bottom of the Glo Premier Week.
Under Odotei, Faisal find themselves in their worst season ever, with relegation staring them in the face, and the man who virtually tore apart the Hearts management on a radio station in Kumasi for poor management practices must now be thinking of what people would be saying about him.
With a different voice, Mr Odotei admitted on Kessben FM in Kumasi yesterday that his management took wrong decisions in the off-season which had affected the fortunes of Faisal.
“We took wrong decisions initially and we are taking steps to rectify them”, he told anchorman, Sometimer Otuo Acheampong.
Pressed to explain what wrong decisions his management took, Mr Odotei refused to mention them, saying he did not want to stir further troubles in the club.
Asked how soon the club would see the expected results, he said hopefully by the beginning of the second round of the league.
Mr Odotei, who joined Faisal from Hearts of Oak where he was the CEO, and had been critical of the style of management in Hearts of Oak, this time says, “Looking at where I sit the club (Faisal) is in big trouble.”
According to him the way and manner the club had been conceding goals were uncalled for.
“It is a testimony of the wrong decisions we took in the off-season,” he said.
The CEO stated that it was clear that the psychology of his players was negative.
“So we are working on that aspect to see what we can do,” he added.
From very humble beginnings, Faisal, formed and bankrolled by experienced football administrator, Alhaji Karim Gruzah, virtually became the third force in the Ghanaian league. They once participated in the CAF Confederation Cup, and even though they qualified again to participate in this year’s event, they pulled out for financial reasons.
But their performance in the league had been nothing but awful, managing only 10 points from 13 games.
The management sacked coach Isaac ‘Opeele’ Boateng in the early period of the league, and last Sunday a new Croatian coach, Zdravko Logurasic, had a terrible debut, losing 1-2 to Liberty Professionals at the Baba Yara Stadium.
If reports reaching the Graphic Sports were true, the coming days could see the coach drawing a rod through the playing body that will see sanctions against some players said to indisciplined.

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