Thursday Aug 13, 2020. 14:00
Former Hearts of Oak captain Yaw Amankwah Mireku has lashed out at the club for their failure to retain key players.
The Phobians have recently parted ways with Benjamin Agyare, Christopher Bonney, Bernard Arthur, Abubakar Troare and – most notably – star forward Joseph Esso after the players and the club could not come to terms in negotiating new contracts.
Mireku admits that club management is not solely to blame for the situation, but argues that they should have mitigated against it by entering into negotiations earlier, rather than waiting for the players’ deals to expire.
”[Hearts] management can’t be solely blamed for free players’ exit,” said former Ghana international Mireku, as quoted by Nkunim FM.
“Sometimes the players decide against extensions but professionally I think management should always start early negotiations with the players if they need them.
”Some of the players are ungrateful because players like [Vincent] Atinga, [Kwame] Kizito, [Patrick] Razak and co. [who similarly left the club under similar situations] were all from nowhere but Hearts of Oak gave them the platform but later they stood against extensions and left for free.”
Mireku, who won the CAF Champions League, Super Cup and Confederation Cup with Hearts in the early 2000s, added: ”But sometimes too when players from nowhere join a team, they are sometimes treated badly and when it’s time for extension, the player also considers how he was received or treated to decide his future.
”So it’s better for Hearts of Oak to check how they treat players, especially those from nowhere.”