'I Am Sorry' - Thomas Abbey Tells Hearts of Oak Unpaid Wages Remarks Before MTN FA Cup Final
Former captain of Hearts of Oak, Thomas Abbey has apologized to the club for his recent comments on they lost to Asante Kotoko in the 2017 FA Cup final.
The Porcupine Warriors emerged as champions after whipping their rivals 3:1 at the Tamale Stadium with Saddick Adams scoring a first-half hat trick.
Abbey in an interview with the media revealed that they lost out the trophy because the players were not motivated enough citing the club failed to pay the players before the finals.
However, speaking to Kumasi based FOX FM, Abbey apologized to the fraternity of the club adding that he still has the club at heart.
"I did not make the comment with any bad intentions but was asked about the factors which led to our loss to Kotoko which included unpaid salaries, winning bonuses and contract renewal of some players. It was an off-air interview, I was recorded secretly.
"I will like to plead on all fans of Hearts of Oak to forgive me. I had no bad intentions regarding my comments. I had no issue with the team during my playing days, they treated me very well. They should forgive me.
"I am really sad and feels so sorry for making that comment, I said it with a good heart but with no bad intentions. We did not take any money from anyone before the game As I have already told you earlier, we were down spiritually before leaving Accra for Tamale. If I played softly you would have noticed, I even scored our consolation goal on the day.
"I know the Hearts family is really worried and sad with the comments I made but I will plead with them to find a place in their hearts to forgive me. There was unpaid salaries and bonuses but we were given the money after the game."
"There is no truth that we had intentions of losing even before the commencement of the game because we knew that was the time we had reached a final in about ten (10) years. We were all sad after the game, I even collapsed five(5) minutes after the game without anybody's intention because I was worried about our loss to Kotoko. We could have made good names in the legendary books of Accra Hearts of Oak. On our way back to Accra, I was not of myself but by God's grace we got home safely.
"I am still on the apology, I had no bad intentions, they should forgive me with my comments so that we can continue with love and friendship," he added.
Abbey is currently clubless after parting ways with Malaysia Super League club, PKNP FC last year.