Afede: Hearts problems were technical not lack of signings

The board chairman of Hearts of Oak, Togbe Afede XIV claims the club’s recent internal wrangling cannot be attributed to the failure to sign high profile players but lack of technical competence by previous coaches.

In a one-day annual general meeting held in Accra on Wednesday, Afede mounted the podium to address the concerns of the supporters after they expressed their displeasure on the club’s surviving relegation on final day last season.

“We have identified our problem to be technical and we are focusing on that while we look at the players as well,” Afede said in his address. “We’ve recruited so many players in the past that had given us nothing, shouldn’t we learn from that experience? We should learn!

“We are taking our time and we are not rushing. We know that our past challenges have been mostly technical, not the players but technical. When we brought in someone like former captain of Hasaacas, Yamoah, he was former captain of Hasaacas.

“When we brought in Selassie, he was next to Mahatma in the goal king race. We brought in Fiamenyo, we brought in Laryea Kingston. We have spent so much money on players in the past but we’ve not received the right results. We want players that will represent the future of Hearts of Oak,” he added.

Afede further insisted that newly appointed coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi has his backing despite his “alleged” poor coaching credentials.

“What was the coaching experience of Pep Guardiola before Barcelona appointed him? Not much. But he is now amongst the best coaches in the world and very young as well and every team wants him now.”

Hearts placed 13th on a 16-club league log with 40 points, same as Great Olympics and Heart of Lions but they survived relegation due to head-to-head rule.