The long-awaited signing of Hearts teen star, Tawriq Djibril, finally materialised last Thursday when English Premiership side and reigning FA champions, Portsmouth, signed him.
The talented youngster, known in football circles as the 'Show Boy' who made some appearances in Hearts jerseys last season, has also been on the shopping list of some top European clubs including Chelsea, Arsenal, Lyon, Roma and an unnamed Danish club, but he chose to sign for Portsmouth from Hearts of Oak.
His management team consisting of Prince Umar Ibrahim, his manager, Kasey Kwame Duku (English FA qualified coach and Ghana's First FIFA Licensed agent), Joel Laryea (FIFA Licensed Players' agent) and Alexander Quarcoo (Marketing Expert/ Player Manager) expressed satisfaction particularly when it provides the player with the opportunity to continue his education.
According to Duku, Hearts of Oak will also have a share in the future transfer of the player, adding that Portsmouth have facilitated a collaboration with Hearts of Oak which will ensure that an academy is established in Ghana to serve as a nursery for the Phobians. Aside that, selected players of Hearts will at the end of every season have trials in England.
Tawriq, whose father, Razak Djibiril was an outstanding footballer of former Premier League side, Kumasi Cornerstone, played alongside Tony Yeboah. Tawriq was delighted to have secured the deal following a successful trial at Portsmouth FC which saw him displaying his skills as he trained with the likes of Sol Campbell, Jermaine Defoe and the legendary Kanu.
He praised his management team especially Prince Umar Ibrahim, and expressed his gratitude to former Hearts coach, Karim Zito, and Anokye Stars for helping him nurture his talents.
Meanwhile, Portsmouth are set to loan out Tawriq to a Belgium Premier side to enable the player to gain European first team football experience and continue his academic education for two years.
During that period the player will fly at least once every three weeks to train with his Portsmouth side.