Former Accra Hearts of captain Thomas Abbey has rendered an unqualified apology to supporters and officials of the club over his recent comment that his outfit lost the 2017 FA cup final game to Asante Kotoko because ‘hunger’
Abbey, claimed the playing body, were owed seven months winning bonuses prior to the crucial the game against their bitterest rivals Asante Kotoko at the Aliu Mahama Sports stadium.
Striker Saddick Adams’ first half hat-trick, singlehandedly won the FA Cup trophy for the porcupine warriors- offering them the opportunity to play in the Caf Confederation Cup.
Hours after Thomas Abbey’s interview, his former teammates Vincent Atinga and Winful Cobbinah, blasted him over his comment and insisted they were paid every dim owed them before the epic clash.
However, the former Phobians skipper, upon a sober reflection, has asked the fans who were mad at him to forgive him as consider him as one of their own.
Speaking in an interview with FOX FM in Kumasi, he said ”I did not make the comment with any bad intentions but was asked about the factors which led to our loss to Kotoko which included unpaid salaries, winning bonuses and contract renewal of some players. It was an off-air interview, I was recorded secretly,”
“I will like to plead on all fans of Hearts of Oak to forgive me. I had no bad intentions regarding my comments. I had no issue with the team during my playing days, they treated me very well. They should forgive me.
“I am really sad and feels so sorry for making that comment, I said it with good heart but with no bad intentions. We did not take any money from anyone before the game As I have already told you earlier, we were down spiritually before leaving Accra for Tamale. If I played softly you would have noticed, I even scored our consolation goal on the day.
“I know the Hearts family is really worried and sad with the comments I made but I will plead with them to find a place in their hearts to forgive me. There was unpaid salaries and bonuses but we were given the money after the game.
“There is no truth that we had intentions of losing even before the commencement of the game because we knew that was the time we had reached a final in about ten (10) years. We were all sad after the game, I even collapsed five(5) minutes after the game without anybody’s intention because I was worried on our loss to Kotoko. We could have made good names in the legendary books of Accra Hearts of Oak. On our way back to Accra, I was not of myself but by God’s grace we got home safely,”
“I am still on apology, I had no bad intentions, they should forgive me with my comments so that we can continue with love and friendship.”