Hearts of Oak board member, Vincent Sowah Odotei has opened up on why the Accra-based club appointed David Ocloo as the interim coach after the exit of Samuel Boadu.
Three weeks ago, Hearts appointed David Ocloo as the assistant coach but was tasked to act as head coach as he led the team to play against AS Real Bamako of Mali in Confederation Cup.
Since Boadu parted ways with the Phobians, the club’s management has been in the market looking for a head coach with some expatriates linked to the job.
However, the board member, Vincent Sowah Odotei who disclosed that Samuel Boadu was fired due to the team’s poor performance in their last fifteen matches has once again opened up on why David Ocloo was appointed.
He stated while speaking in an interview with Original 91.9 FM that they were attracted to appoint David Ocloo based on his credentials.
Ocloo was one of the assistant coaches to Dr. Prosper Narteh Ogum at Asante Kotoko. Both Ogum and Ocloo left their roles as the coaches of the reigning champions before the 2022/23 season commenced.
Asked about why David Ocloo was appointed, he said, “When the regulators [GFA] said Samuel Nii Noi is not qualified for the job we were forced to appoint a new coach before the Africa [Confederation Cup]. Once Boadu left we had a lot of CV’s including David Ocloo. We checked his CV and what attracted us to appoint him was that he has done courses in video analysis and he was an assistant to Prosper Narteh Ogum. He knew that he will become our assistant coach until a substantive coach comes in. Why should we let Boadu’s departure create a vacuum in the team?
“Following his departure, we announced that Nii Noi will lead as an acting coach before Ocloo came, and when he came, we disclosed that he is coming in as our assistant coach but will act as the caretaker until the appointment of a new head coach. Someone may not understand what we are doing,” he told Gattuso on the Super Sports Show.
By: Isaac Ganyo Tamakloe