Former Hearts of Oak coach, Martin Koopman, has leveled serious accusations against the club’s Board of Directors regarding player selection during his tenure.
The Dutch coach, who departed the club mutually due to a string of poor results, disclosed in an interview that the Board instructed him not to utilize seven players before the commencement of the ongoing 2023/24 Ghana Premier League season.
Koopman revealed that the directive, which came a day before their opening game, initially named three players but was later expanded to seven (Annan, Korsah, Esso, Albert Eonde, Salifu, Seidu, and Attah). According to him, the Board expressed a lack of trust in these players, claiming they wouldn’t contribute positively to the team’s performance in the competition.
“There are seven players they told me not to use in the competition. It was a day before our opening game,” Koopman told Ghanasportspage.com.
“They named three players, but they later changed it to seven players (Annan, Korsah, Esso, Albert Eonde, Salifu, Seidu, and Attah). They told me not to use them because they don’t believe them and they cannot help me in the competition,” he added.
During his stint, Koopman managed just two wins and saw his team score six goals in 10 Ghana Premier League matches. As Hearts of Oak seeks a new head coach, they are grappling with recent elimination from the MTN FA Cup by division one side Nania FC.
Amidst these challenges, the Phobians are gearing up to face Aduana FC in the upcoming matchday 13 fixture at the Nana Agyemang Badu Stadium this afternoon..