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01.05.2007 Football News

Hearts to hunt for new CEO

By Ghana FA
Hearts to hunt for new CEO

A new face is expected to run the administration of league champions, Accra Hearts of Oak next season taking over from Thomas Okine.

The Phobian capo has had to step down from his role as CEO following his investiture as a traditional ruler last Saturday within the Ga State (a local ethnic group).

And what a way to bow out, as Thomas Okine (pictured) leaves the Hearts of Oak top job having guided the team to four league titles and CAF Confederation Cup with his six-year reign at the club.

The Board Chairman of the club, Commodore Mensah, says the installation of CEO as a traditional ruler calls for some changes in the management team, adding that it will be very difficult for Okine to combine his traditional duties and the challenges at the club.

"It will be very proper that Tommy takes a bow now that the applause is loudest. Tommy will surely not be at the helm next season," he insisted.

A successor to Thomas Okine is expected to been on the cards at the next meeting of the club's 24-member Board of Directors.

But until his replacement is named, Thomas Okine would still remain the head of the management team.

The CEO was however not present on the last day of matches as the Phobians coasted to their 19th league title with a win at the Robert Mensah stadium on Sunday but the Board Chairman explains the that Okine's confinement is a traditional demand that forms part of his installation.

Thomas Okine took over from Harry Zakkour as the CEO of the club in 2001.