By Patrick Akoto
Hearts goalkeeper Sammy Adjei has apologized to goalkeepers’ trainer Abubakar Damba following their altercation at the training grounds.
The 32-year-old is reported to have used foul language on the former Black Stars shot-stopper after he sought to question his competence in the aftermath of their 3-1 defeat against Ebusua Dwarfs.
But Damba has moved quickly to debunk the assertions and claims the matter was blown out of proportion.
“After every game there is always post-match analysis That is where you will look at short-comings, what the mistakes were and what you are suppose to work on,” Damba told Kumasi-based Fox FM
“Even during the Dwarfs-Hearts game, I was out of the country. But during the post- analysis, I raised certain concerns about how Sammy Adjei should have dealt with certain situations.
“It is only fair that I allowed him to explain in his own view on why he took certain decisions and why those mistakes. It was a healthy discussion as far as I am concerned.
“But some of the players especially Esme Mends thought that he should have been quiet and listen. He was not happy Sammy was trying to be defensive. But it was ok.
“At the end of the day Sammy got to know that it was for his betterment and make him a better goalkeeper. As a trainer, I have to be critical because I want to make him a better personality and better goalkeeper.
“He understood the approach was wrong and apologized to me and the whole team and that’s the spirit of the game. It was nothing disrespectful or he went beyond bounds.
“People are exaggerating to create something out of nothing. Sammy Adjei is not that type of player.”
Adjei was dropped to the bench in their 2-0 defeat at Berekum Chelsea last Sunday.