Barima Atuahene laments on Accra sports stadium hoodoo

Published on: 24 August 2016

National Chapters Committee Chairman of Accra Hearts of Oak, Barima Atuahene has expressed grief over the club’s home form in the Ghana Premier League (GPL) after they failed to beat Inter Allies over the weekend.

After 13 matches at the Accra sports stadium, the team has managed to pick 20 points out of a possible 40, and this triggered calls from supporters of the club to change their home venue as the season heads to a photo finish.

And on Sunday, the club’s faltering home form continued in their game against a beleaguered Inter Allies side as they had to crawl back from a goal down to pick just a point, which has plunged their ambition of annexing this season’s title in doubt.

The outspoken NNC chairman complained bitterly about the trend the club’s record at their home ground is becoming their downfall in their bid to clinch this season’s title, and accused the various supporters union of the club for failing to heed to advice in the build-up to the commencement of the league season.

“The Accra sports stadium has not been a favourable ground for us ever since it was refurbished for the CAN 2008 tournament. And before the start of this season I made a plea to all our supporters unions in the various regions to contribute 350,000 GH per region to exorcise this ghost that has been haunting us, but it fell on death ears and this is reward.

“It will be difficult for us to win at the Accra sports stadium and even if we manage to win, it’ll be a slim margin. I don’t think we’ll get out from this mess anytime soon unless we do what’s needed to be done, and that’s spiritual bathing.” He told Reuben Obodai of Happy FM.

Hearts of Oak will hope to return to winning ways when they engage Bechem United on match day 27 on Sunday.