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28.10.2008 Football News

Fianoo, Armstrong, For Hearts CEO Job

Former Ashantigold CEO, Kudjoe Fianoo, appears to be warming his way into the hearts of the Hearts hierarchy to become the new Hearts CEO within two weeks.

Fianoo's name must have shot into the imagination of the Hearts hierarchy in the wake of events which rocked the Hearts camp at the weekend, the spill over of which has forced acting CEO, Vincent Odotei to tender in his resignation and withdraw from the race to become the substantive CEO of the club.

But Odotei told the Graphic Sports last Sunday that he had not entirely given up the hope of taking over as the substantive CEO job of the club but only walked out when the scene was becoming too chaotic.

“Indeed some other board members followed me when I left”, saying that he would be always willing to put his services at the disposal of the club.

Last Friday an angry mob of Hearts fans invaded the club's secretariat as the club's board of directors were deliberating on the future of the club. They demanded the resignation of the club's board chairman, Mr. E.M. Commodore Mensah.

The action of the fans, which triggered pockets of violent scenes outside the Hearts secretariat, set some board members against each other and it was during a fierce exchange with one of the directors that Odotei resigned and walked out of the meeting.

Three other directors unable to put up with the scene in the boardroom, according to Graphic Sports sources, also stormed out of the meeting.

Until his resignation, Mr Odotei though always the subject of acrimony among some board members, was one of the prominent names on the list of applicants and who had behind him a considerable following from the rank and file of the club who appeared to be at home with the reforms that he (Odotei) had initiated so far.

A Hearts source told the Graphic Sports that a four-member committee was formed as a fall out of last Friday's commotion in the boardroom.

Members of the committee are Miss Ivy Heward Mills of the Council of Patrons, Prof Kofi Kumado, Nii Ayibonte 11 and Mr. Francis MaCarthy, all members of the board of directors of the club.

The committee is expected to consider the two applicants whose applications are before board.

The other applicant, apart from Fianoo, is Neil Armstrong Mortagbe, a former Chairman of the National Chapter Committee of Accra Hearts of Oak supporters.

According to the source, the choice of Fianoo could be a compromise considering the division in the boardroom in the past months.

Story by Andy Quao