Abanga backs Papic to succeed at Hearts of Oak

Abanga backs Papic to succeed at Hearts of Oak
Kosta Papic

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Dec 03, 2020. 14:00

Kofi Abanga, a former Hearts of Oak player, has expressed his belief that new coach Kosta Papic will turn around the Accra club’s fortunes.

Papic is back in Ghanaian football after succeeding Edward Odoom (who had been in charge since December 2019), taking up the helm at the Phobians for the second time in his career.

The Serbian’s first spell with Hearts saw him contribute to the winning of the Ghana Premier League title in 2008-09 – their last major trophy.

“I have 100 per cent confidence that Papic will turn things around. With Hearts when there is a new coach, almost all players get rejuvenated and give their all so as to get selected by him,” Abanga told Silver FM, as quoted by Football Ghana.

“He is a great talent spotter and if he repeats what he did during our time, things will work out nicely.

“Individually Hearts have good players… the likes of Emmanuel Nettey, [Benjamin] Afutu and others. Individually they are good, so with Kosta Papic Hearts will become prominent again,” he concluded.

Papic will be assisted by Asare Bediako, while Odoom has been re-assigned to the club’s youth side Auroras. The new manager’s first match will be against league leaders Karela United on Friday 4 December.

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