Daniel Afriyie Barnieh has established himself as one of the most important players at Hearts of Oak this season helping the club to win a first major title under the Togbe Afede era but board member Dr. Nyaho Tamakloe absurdly did not know Barnieh was a player of the club.
“Barnieh’s case is interesting. I watched Barnieh in the last match they played Mauritania, when he was the captain of the u20. I told myself, this is a good player. By then I didn’t even know he’s part of the club. I wasn’t aware, I’m being frank with you. But when I watched him train, I said ‘this boy had to be watched’, but he was hardly fielded by the coach. At times he’ll come in for five minutes, ten minutes.” he said in an interview with Joy Sports.
“So one time I remember I told the board ‘this boy Barnieh, you people should try him. Barnieh is definitely a brilliant footballer, very silky, has the strength’, and he told me ‘oh doc, it seems you’re thinking about the same thing’. So I said okay, let’s see. We’ll find a way to make the coach know, we’ll suggest to him. As I said earlier, the coach is a listening coach. He tried him one time, the second half about ten minutes to full time then gradually it increased and now he’s sealing his position and brought a lot of changes,” Dr. Nyaho added.