The Chairman of the Board of Directors of Accra Hearts of Oak, has appealed to supporters of the club to take advantage of their status as owners of the club who are entitled to acquire shares listed at the Ghana Stock Exchange.
This, he said, will enhance the finances of the Premier Club that rely solely on gate proceeds of matches.
Mr Mensah made the appeal in an address read on his behalf by the Vice Chairman, Steve Mawuyunga, at the swearing in ceremony of new executive of the National Chapters Committee at the Kama Conference Center in Accra on Saturday.
Mr Mensah said the club was facing lots of challenges that needed the NCC to organise the support base of the club to whip up the enthusiasm that would attract fans to patronise the club s matches.
He noted that the last season did not favour the club since the closure of the Ohene Djan Stadium for reconstruction for the Ghana 2008 affected its finances. "Now that we are back to our popular base, we must utilise the home advantage to maximise the gate proceeds'.
Mr Mensah, who said Hearts would celebrate its centenary anniversary in 2011, called on all Phobians to play their respective role towards the celebration of the big event.
The Board Chairman urged the supporters hierarchy to reach out to the second and third cycle educational institutions to hunt for young talents rejuvenate the team for the next generation.
Alhaji Akanbi Braimah, the newly elected NCC Chairman, called on Hearts supporters to bury their differences and unite for the benefit of the club. 'We have been elected to serve Hearts and we need the total support of everybody to not only work for the aims and objectives of the NCC but also help our club occupy its rightful place in Ghana football', he said.
He charged the various Chapters to contribute their monthly subscriptions as mandated by the constitution and the bye-laws of the NCC.
Alhaji Braimah announced that the NCC would soon embark on a campaign to educate Hearts fans on the laws of football and other related programmes of the game.
Neil Armstrong Mortagbe, former NCC Chairman, congratulated the new executive urged them to continue with the good work they had inherited from the former executive so as to put the club on a better financial status. 'We need visionary leaders in the Phobian family and I can confidently say the new leadership is capable of achieving better results in the years ahead', he said.
Alhaji Fawaz Zowk, Director of the club, urged Hearts supporters to be dedicated by patronising the club s matches for victory in the 2008 season.
The new executive include, Lawrence Ofosu Agyare, First Vice Chairman, Aziz Haruna- Second Vice Chairman, Eddie Palmer Quarshie, Gegeneral Secretary, E.O. Lamptey, Deputy General Secretary and Mohammed Alhassan, National Organiser.
Others are Kwame Adjapong, Public Relations Officer, Ismail Yussif Bance, First Deputy PRO and Baba Ashau, Second Deputy PRO and Herbert Daniel Laryea, Financial Controller.
Mohammed Abdulai, Gilbert Asmah, Mrs. Gifty Addy and Wofa Amponsah will serve as executive members.