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04.06.2004 Football News

Hearts commission 140,000 dollar secretariat

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Accra, June 4, GNA - Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club on Thursday, commissioned a 140,000-dollar building to serve as a secretariat for the club at a ceremony in Accra.

The club has therefore moved its administrative work from its old premises at Tudu to Adabraka.

The new secretariat of the club was acquired with the proceeds of the 2000 CAF Champions League campaign won by Hearts with additional 100 million cedis used for its refurbishment.

The secretariat is made up offices for the Chief Executive, Administrative Secretary, Technical Director, general office, conference room and a shop for the sale of club's souvenirs and paraphernalia's.

Founding members of the club, Patrons, members of the Board of Directors, the Interim Management Committee, officials of the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) and the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and sympathisers of the club attended the ceremony.

Addressing the gathering, Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, Chairman of the GFA said the acquisition of the new secretariat should serve as a source of motivation for the club to acquire more assets.

He added that after a long existence in football, the club has finally purchased a befitting secretariat.

Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe expressed delight at the acquisition of the building by the club and urged all other clubs to emulate the example of Hearts.

Mr Ernest Thompson, Board Secretary of the Club said Hearts would have acquired more properties if they had been able to reach the money zone of the CAF Champions after the 2000 conquest.

He said their continues failure to reach that zone has put more financial burden on the club since they often have to invest heavily in the campaign which unfortunately ends on a bad note.

According to Mr Thompson, the Club will do everything possible to make meaningful use of their scarce resources to ensure their continued forward progress.