Kwame Opare Addo, the Communications Manager of Hearts of Oak has said their Africa campaign this season affected their performance in the just-ended Ghana Premier League season.
Having annexed the Premier League title last season, the Phobians represented the country in the CAF Champions League.
However, Samuel Boadu and his charges were eliminated in the playoffs phase.
Having dropped into the CAF Confederations Cup, Hearts of Oak failed to make it to the next round of the competition.
According to Opare Addo, their participation in Africa had a negative impact on their performance in the Premier League.
He added that injuries also affected which made it difficult for the head coach to have a good squad to compete.
“We had the opportunity to play in Africa with the hope of performing but we were out in the playoffs in the CAF Champions League and the Confederation Cup," he said on Asempa FM.
“You look at our participation in Africa, it affected our performance in the Premier League. At a point, injuries set in which made it difficult for Samuel Boadu to have a standing team to compete.
“Ibrahim Salifu, Kwadwo Obeng Jnr, and other players who are key players were virtually out of the season, and at the time they returned, it was over for us,” he added.
Hearts of Oak finished the 2021/22 Ghana Premier League campaign on the 6th position with 46 points.
Despite their poor performance in the Premier League, Hearts of Oak will play Bechem United in the finals of the 2021/22 MTN FA Cup on Sunday at the Baba Yara Stadium with kick-off scheduled at 15:00GMT.