Soccer News of Thursday, 23 July 2015
Minutes before kickoff on Wednesday, an astonishing sight greeted Hearts fans in Cape Coast.
The Phobians had looked extremely fired up for this crucial matchday 23 game against Lions. And perhaps it was not shocking since former board members such as Harry Zakkour, Nii Ayi-Bonte II, Stephen Akwettey, Frank Onero and Isaac Tetteh made an appearance.
The mission was simple: to pep the players ahead of this important and potentially season-altering game. And it worked, for Hearts 4-0 win over Lions was one of the best games the Accra side have played in months.
The win simply backed what a former board chairman said earlier, that there are signs of the club getting back on track after their current poor run in the league.
Commodore Mensah says there’s light at the end of the tunnel. “I think the signals that we are seeing are very encouraging,” he told Joy Sports.
Despite Wednesday’s sensational win, the Phobians were struggling in the league as they lay within three points of the relegation bracket with 29 points after 23 matchdays.
They had also lost three successive league games before walloping Lions and that is making their survival chances very slim.
“This is a family matter but I believe we are on the right track to make things happen, nobody has touched anybody but if for one reason or the other administrative we classify some people as old directors we still belong to the family.
Hearts problems were amplified last week by the exit of Herbert Addo as head coach, and a substantive has still not been appointed. But there were signs of unity in the managerial camp on Wednesday in Cape Coast as the Phobians won big.
“The good thing is that they have assured as that they are working hard to restore the Phobian glory.”
Hearts’ next eight games will require an even more united front: Edubaise (away), Kotoko (home), Liberty (a), Bechem (h). Medeama (a), Chelsea (h), WAFA (a)