Sports News of Friday, 9 February 2018
Accra Hearts of Oak have given up on the prospect of signing on Richard Zuma after the club failed to meet the financial demands of the Emmanuel FC striker.
The Phobians’ decision to throw in the towel followed speculations that the player had touched down in Libya in a bid to join a yet-to-be-named club.
The Public Relations Officer of Hearts, Kwame Opare-Addo, stated categorically in an interview the Graphic Sports yesterday that his outfit would no longer heed to demands by players and agents who tried to take advantage of the club after being given the platform to excel in matches.
He described Zuma and his managers as being “ungrateful” for demanding huge sums of money from Hearts after the player scored a brace against Ebusua Dwarfs in a GHALCA G8 match.
Mr Opare–Addo revealed that Zuma’s supposed deal with the Phobians took a twist after the player excelled at the club’s pre-season tournament.
He noted that Hearts refused to meet the demands made by Zuma’s agent because the club felt it was outrageous and an attempt to extort money from the club just because the player made his name overnight.
“I will term it as ingratitude when a club like Hearts gives you the platform to prove yourself and after excelling, you decide to demand outrageous figures before allowing your player to join the club.
“We are not ready to heed to demands of any player who tries to take advantage of the club after getting a bigger platform to prove himself,” he stated.
Zuma is reported to have arrived in Libya to join an unknown club after his expected move to the Phobians broke down over financial constraints despite impressing during his trials.
The latest development will not go down well with the Phobians after missing out on another target, Asiedu Attobrah, who just joined Iraqi outfit Al Shorta FC, despite impressing at Hearts’ pre-season training sessions.
When asked whether the club feels used by players to market themselves ahead of big moves, Mr Opare-Addo said trials would never stop in football, except you had full knowledge about the talent you are signing.
He added that clubs across the globe would continue to have trials, especially where a player had just been recommended without any close monitoring.