We can do without Hearts of Oak friendlies - George Amoako

Published on: 12 September 2018

Mr. George Amoako, the Chief Executive Officer of Asante Kotoko claims the Porcupine Warriors can do without arch-rivals Hearts of Oak and will not be affected in any way. 

Some Hearts fans have called on the management of the club not to play in any unofficial game with the Kumasi based club.

This follows a sequence of events after the Kokoto defeated Hearts in both legs of the two-legged friendly games at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

As a result of this, seven Hearts of Oak fans were apprehended for destroying properties at the stadium which to the dismay of some fans are calling for the Phobians to not engage their rivals in friendly games.

However, the new Chief Executive Officer of Kotoko believes his outfit can make do without Hearts of Oak friendly matches.

“I have heard that Hearts of Oak are saying they won’t play us again for friendlies. That's fine but we can make do without them (Hearts of Oak) if they say they won’t play us anymore in friendly games.

"Who needs who the most now? It is them." In anyway, there are the likes of Ashantigold, Medeama, Karela, Aduana and we can be playing against these sides.” Amoako told  Sikka FM.

Following the 2-0 defeat to Kotoko, the fans of Hearts started the campaign for "No kotoko friendlies", with some of the supporters leaders at the fore of the protest.

“We don’t want any more friendlies against Kotoko. We have told our management to reconsider that and we mean it” Supporters spokesperson Paa Kofi Sunsum said after the Super Clash.

“This is not because we fear them but we feel things have gone beyond the rivalry boundary between us. The referees continue to cheat us when we play such games in Kumasi” Sunsum added.

Also one of the staunch Hearts of Oak supporters in the Ashanti region – Abbas – echoed Sunsum’s stance.

“Most of the times that hey, Kotoko fans, misbehave they are are not caught but look at what is happening now. Our supporters were arrested and molested by the security. Enough is enough now.” Abbas said.