Soccer News of Wednesday, 27 January 2016
Former Chairman of Accra Hearts of Oak, Harry Zakkour, says he is not ready to take-over the club because it has been run into the ground by the current Board Chairman and majority shareholder, Togbe Afede XIV.
Togbe Afede, after enduring endless criticisms from the club’s former management members, told the club’s Annual General Meeting last November that he was ready to trade off his majority stake in the club, urging fans to buy him out.
However, Mr Zakkour, a vocal critic of Togbe Afede’s management style, told the Graphic Sports yesterday in a telephone interview that the majority shareholder only wanted to do away with the club because he had ruined it. “After spoiling the club, he wants to give the club out? It won’t happen,” an irritated Mr Zakkour said.
“How can we purchase the shares, when he bought the club was it in this poor state? The past managers of the club sold their properties to buy players and even the club secretariat during their tenure.
“When we left, did we ask the club to pay us back? Now, I heard he charges 27 percent interest on any pesewa he puts in”.
He continued, “We are not saying we want to take the club from him but since he took over so many top brains, including Ashford Tetteh Oku and Albert Commey, have left the club.
“There is a difference between football and office work and when you look at the current board, aside Frank Nelson and Dr Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe, how many of them know about football?.
“Only Nyaho and Frank Nelson can follow the team around, the man from the bank and the judge I rarely see them at the stadium.”
Mr Zakkour, who bemoaned the spate of resignations at the club following the exit of former MD, Gerald Ankrah last Monday, advised the Board Chairman to bring on board some of the former management members, excluding himself, to assist in the running of the club.
He stressed, “I am now a politician and this is an election year so I can only help from the rear. But there are a lot of old tycoons of the Hearts family who are still around, the likes of Nii Ayibonte, Ernest Thompson, Alhaji Hearts and TT Brothers, and they can help to reverse our fortunes.”