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Hearts looking like a ‘Toy’: Zakkour

Former Hearts of Oak Chief Executive, Harry Zakkour, has bemoaned recent happenings in the club, blaming management and board of toying with the team.

He said the club was being treated like a ‘toy’. “There is no spirit in the club” he added.

Mr Zakkour’s concern comes on the back of the resignation of Managing Director Gerald Ankrah after 15 months in office.

Mr Ankrah, who resigned on Monday January 25, was reportedly fed up with the interference from the board members and the newly-formed strategic committee headed by Vincent Sowah-Odotei.

In an exclusive interview with Class Sports’ Kwame Dwomoh-Agyemang, Mr Zakkour said he was surprised Mr Ankrah had resigned.

“I had a call last night that said Gerald Ankrah has resigned and I was surprised. Surprised because he is a good person and I think he could have done the job,” he said.

Mr Zakkour said the high turnover of managers was not helping the club.

“During my time in office, we never changed anybody… most people in the club have left…. The club is looking like a toy. There is no spirit in the club. The Board of Directors is doing what it wants. Togbe [Afeded XIV] thinks we don’t like him. We like him, but he has to listen. He has to take advice from people. There is a difference between football administration and business administration,” he added.

The former Hearts CEO said he and some members of the old board of directors were ready to sit with the board chairman, Togbe Afede XIV, to solve the problem.

“Togbe is my old friend but he has never talked to me, never listened to me and I am prepared to sit with him and ask what the problem is and with all the old board of directors including Alhaji Hearts, Ernest Thompson, Nii Aryee Bontey, Ernest Quarshie, Maxwell Addo. We are all prepared to sit with him and seek to solve the problem of the club. We haven’t started the league and already this one is leaving, this one is coming in. It is not going to be easy.”

In Mr Zakkour’s view, Mr Frank Nelson and Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe are the only board members working.

He, therefore, advised them to sit up “because if the club goes tomorrow, they will take the blame”.

He said unlike last year where he and other old board members followed the club to motivate them with eight matches, this year will be different.

“We cannot be following the club around this year,” he stressed.

Mr Zakkour said he wants the best for the club and not interested in any position.

“I want Hearts to do well this season; I am not interested in any position. Hearts made me who I am today…. I assure people hearts will be OK, but it’s getting worse and worse every day,” he bemoaned.

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