Gladson Awako has revealed that he could have ended up at Hearts of Oak earlier if the club had accepted him in 2018 when he decided to play in the Ghana Premier League.
According to him, Black Stars legend and former Hearts of Oak player Stephen Appiah spoke to the club to sign him, however, then-coach Kim Grant said he was done with recruitment.
“Before I came, I made up my mind to play the [Ghana] league and you know, Stephen Appiah tried to offer me to Hearts of Oak that was when Kim Grant was the coach and then, I pushed that move myself as well but the coach told me he’s done with his recruitment,” he told Joy Sports.
It led Awako to join Great Olympics where he did a fantastic job for them. His impressive performances and goal contributions - seven goals and six assists - in the 2020/21 campaign was enough to convince Hearts to sign him.
He added: “So, when this opportunity came again, Appiah called and told me this is what is happening and I told him I won't say no to Hearts of Oak because we all know the history behind the club and so if they should come for me I won’t say no, I will grab it and take the chance,” he said.