Ghanaian giants Accra Hearts of Oak have hit out at Ghana's leading football news outlet GHANAsoccernet.com over a recent headlined: 'Kotoko Head Coach Didi Dramani rejects Hearts offer to take charge as new coach - Reports'
Below is the full unedited text from Accra Hearts of Oak management over the report.
The Management of Accra Hearts of Oak has read your story titled as above and wishes to categorically deny that there has been any attempt to hire Coach Didi Dramani as you reported.
Indeed, your story contains such falsehood that we, as a club, were shocked and scandalized to read it. We wonder what you sought to achieve by publishing such blatant untruths, and our club takes serious exception to this obvious attempt to derail the progress we are making.
In your story, you reported that a delegation from Hearts of Oak led by our Managing Director had met with Mr. Didi Dramani: This is absolutely false!
Again, you claim, in your story that Mr. Didi Dramani recommended a South African trainer to Hearts of Oak: again, completely false!
Yet again, your story claims that Hearts of Oak intend to engage in further talks with Didi Dramani….how can we engage in further talks when we have never even started discussing any such subject with Mr. Dramani? Another incidence of falsehood captured in your story!
For the information of all your readers, Management of Hearts of Oak is committed to its obligations to our Head Coach Mohammed Polo. To this end, we have been working closely with Polo and his Technical Team and the Club remains very hopeful of success.
You appear implacably bent on creating doubts over the tenure of Coach Polo and mistrust between him and Hearts’ Management. This is evident in the fact that even after reporting that Coach Dramani has “turned down” our alleged offer, you maintain that Hearts “will further engage him in talks as his contract at Kotoko has a season to expire.”
Contrary to your report, the Stakeholders’ Meeting NEVER DISCUSSED COACH MOHAMMED POLO’S TENURE let alone to take a decision on replacing him. That assertion in your story is palpably false.
Your last paragraph in this story reads as follows:
“Since the sacking of David Duncan as Head Coach last November, the Phobians have enjoyed maximum failure as on the domestic scene as they exited the MTN FA Cup losing to second-tier side Gold Stars.”
What exactly is this statement supposed to mean? What do you mean by the term “maximum failure”? We have played 8 matches after Mr. Duncan’s departure, won 3, drawn 1 and lost four……is this your picture of “maximum failure”? This particular phrase in your story goes to buttress our belief that you have an ulterior motive in publishing this story and we view this as most unfortunate, unacceptable and demeaning of the noble profession of Journalism.
It is intriguing that, as the self-acclaimed leading soccer website in the country, you cite “reports in the local media” as your source when, from our checks, no other network or newspaper has preceded you in carrying this story.
We have observed a most disturbing trend on your platform: Ghanasoccernet has carried quite a number of false stories relating to Coach Mohammed Polo ever since he was appointed and we are at a loss as to why this should be the case.
We are of the view that this kind of Journalism does not help the development of Football in Ghana and a stop must be put to this practice.
MANAGEMENT OF ACCRA HEARTS OF OAK