Soccer News of Monday, 8 February 2016
Hearts of Oak legend, Bernard Don Bortey has said that his former side can compete for the league title when the league kick starts on February 20 under manager Keniche Yatsuhashi.
Bortey watched his former team beat Nigeria Premier League side Ifeanyi FC by 2-0 with the goals coming new sensation Samudeen Ibrahim and Thomas Abbey before beating the 64 battalions and Virgin cup winners squad 4-2 in an impartation game at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday.
The Phobians for the past seven years have not been the club many touted as one of the biggest clubs in the country due to their inability to annex any major trophy.
The current administration led by Togbe Afede XIV has hugely been criticized by old directors and fans of the club for their managerial style insisting they are taking the club down.
The Phobians last season endured a difficult season as they escaped relegation at the last hour after finishing the league at the 13 position, beating the 14th placed team Heart of Lions with a slim goal difference.
The now free agent man has watched the Phobians’ struggles from afar last season and even their pre-season , but believes “Keniche and his boys” can turn things around when the season commences.
Speaking to Adom Sports, Don Bortey said “From what l saw on Sunday l think this team can win the league title for all Phobians in the coming season to end our seven years trophy drought.”
“Anything is possible, and that’s why we watch football. You can’t rule them out as champions… that team could beat everyone from now until the end of the season.
He then urged the supporters to rally behind the team even these difficult times.
“Hearts are going through a bit of a rough patch at the moment, it’s difficult to put your finger on what the problems are,” he continued. “When teams aren’t getting results, it’s usually a collection of things. The players are young, the squad is strong and I think it’ll be turned around with the fans solidly behind them”.
“They can be champions if the supporters can throw their support behind them like they did for us when we were playing the club”, he added.
Hearts will welcome New Edubiase United in the opening day of the 2015/16 Ghana Premier League at the Accra Sports Stadium on February 20.