FIVE players expected to leave Hearts of Oak

Ghanaian giants Hearts of Oak are expected to part ways with at least five players as they seek to beef up their team for next season’s CAF interclub and domestic competitions.

The 2020/21 double-winning club have already acquired striker Isaac Agyenim Boateng on free transfer but is not expected to be included in their CAF Champions League squad.

In the coming days the Phobians are expected to announce Enock Asubonteng and Konadu Yiadom while striker Kofi Kordzi is also expected to rejoin the team.

Meanwhile there are players who will request to either go on loan or be released by the club as they would prefer to seek opportunities elsewhere.

  1. Richmond Ayi

The 22-year-old enjoyed an outstanding season on loan at Karela United FC keeping numerous clean sheets. His performance even earned him a call up into the Black Stars B where he joined Hearts No. Richard Attah. Elmina Sharks have requested for the services of the goalkeeper but Hearts look set to retain him for the upcoming season. His place in the Hearts goalkeeping department will come at the expense of Richmond Ayi. The Ghana U23 shot-stopper was confined to the substitute bench in most games as he played second fiddle to Attah and sometimes Benjamin Mensah. The former WAFA goalkeeper feels he must get regular playing time and that doesn’t look assured at Hearts under the present circumstances and he is likely to request for a loan move to either Karela United or Elmina Sharks.

2. James Sewornu

This is a 22-year-old defender who is at a stage of his career where he needs consistent game time to grow his talents and confidence and doesn’t look likely to come next season. The Phobians are beefing up their backline with central defenders with experience and the quality to shore up their backline and have officially notified Great Olympics of their interest in Razak Kasim. Eleven Wonders’ Abass Ganiu is also an option for the former African champions. Regardless of what happens the young defender is likely to push for a loan move as he has already drawn inspiration from the case of Baidoo who went on loan and became a hit a Karela.

3. Abednego Tetteh

The return of Kofi Kordzi ultimately spell a decisive doom for the former Al Hilal Omdurman striker. Tetteh, 30, was left frustrated under just 5 league games for Hearts and the availability of Kordzi and Agyenim Boateng means no space available for the striker who draws huge monthly earning of GHS5,000 on the expense sheet of the club. Hearts will might consider offloading the striker to make space available for Kordzi, Boateng and Obeng Junior as center-forwards.

4. Dominic Eshun

The winger joined Hearts in July 2019 following a transfer tussle with Karela United who insisted the player was still contracted to the club. The Hearts technical team back then saw a lot of potential in the player and his arrival appeared a promising moment for him. But, things have not turned up to be what he expected as he has struggled for playing time. In the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League the 21-year-old played just 5 times out of the available 34 games and the potential arrival of Enock Asubonteng from WAFA will further gag the space available on the wings and he is likely to push for exit from the club possibly via a loan move.

5. Eric Dizan

The Ivorian was announced by the Phobians in April 2020 and was expected to solve Hearts of Oak’s offensive problems through the wings. But, in the entire season the 27-year-old failed to make a single league appearance in the club’s double-winning season. In as much as he would be desperate to join any club where he can secure playing time Hearts will also want to get him off their wage bill by either farming him out to a loan club or releasing him altogether.

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