Accra Hearts of Oak is not in crisis, the Phobians have said.
“The management of Accra Hearts of Oak Club Limited wishes to inform the general public and its supporters and well-wishers that contrary to the perception in the media, the club is not in crisis,” Ghana’s oldest surviving club said in a statement signed by Communications Director Opare Addo dated Monday April 18.
The Accra-based club has been in the news following a Facebook post by its head coach, Kenichi Yatsuhashi, on Sunday April 17 pressing for salaries and winning bonuses owed the technical team and players, which have accumulated for months, to be settled.
Hearts, however, said they would not address the issues raised by Yatsuhashi in public, adding that the issues he raised were entirely incorrect.
Mr Addo added that Yatsuhashi’s conduct was unacceptable and would be addressed professionally in accordance with the club’s code of ethics.
Read the full statement below:
Hearts of Oak not in crisis
The management of Accra Hearts of Oak Club Limited wishes to inform the general public and its supporters and well-wishers that contrary to the perception in the media, the club is not in crisis.
The club has and rightly so been trying quietly to manage an unusual and what it views as unreasonable and strange situation over the past few weeks to ensure that it continues to build its brand, provide good entertainment, and protect the image and integrity of those who have created those situations in the first place.
The club wishes to assure its supporters and the general public that although it will not want to address the issues raised by Coach Kenichi in public, the picture being painted is not entirely correct. His conduct is also not acceptable and would be addressed professionally and in accordance with the club’s code of ethics.
The club will want to continue to remain professional and address these issues internally and can assure its supporters once again that it is committed to honouring all obligations to its employees and strives to be the best employer in the sporting industry. Indeed the club is very proud of the conditions of service it offers to its employees including the head coach and would continue to improve on it and make it the reference point in the country.
It is not strange for people to turn around and accuse the club of insensitivity when only a few weeks ago these same people accused the club of over-pampering its players and paying too much winning bonuses?
Management will want to assure all that it will not be distracted in its efforts to properly position the brand and would continue to always act in the best interest of the club.
We will never say die until the bones are rotten.