Dong Bortey: Hearts need 3 experienced players to excel in Africa

Sports News of Sunday, 11 January 2015


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Former Hearts of Oak winger, Bernard Dong Bortey insists the Phobians need to sign at least 3 players with the experience of playing in the continental club competitions to excel in this year’s CAF Confederations Cup.

Out of Hearts of Oak’s list of 34 registered players, midfielder Kofi Abanga is the only player to have participated in the Africa Inter-club competitions after joining the Rainbow club in 2008.

The 32-year-old former Ghapoha forward, who will return to Aduana Stars once his loan stint at Equatorial Guinea club Panthers ends, has confirmed that he is open to make a return to the Phobian club for the Confederations Cup.

“Herbert Addo is an experienced coach who has handled a club in Africa before so he can do well. But, he will need three experienced players to join the current setup and the club will do well,” Dong Bortey told

“For 10 years now, I don’t think Hearts of Oak has won any other Cup, so I hope they learn a lesson from our achievements so they can replicate the success story,” he added.

Hearts of Oak will begin their CAF Confederations Cup campaign with a preliminary match against AS Police of Benin on the weekend of February 13-15. The second leg scheduled to be played two weeks after.