Randy vs Victor: Power clash in Hearts of Lions
Kpando Heart of Lions suffered relegation for the first time this season and it is believed that the differences between the two shareholders of the club led to their fall.
It was reported last two years that Randy Abbey had bought 70% of Heart of Lions to be the majority shareholder of a club which was solely owned and financed by Victor Ahiakpor a native of Kpando.
Lions secured promotion to the Ghana Premier League in 2003 and became an instant hit, halting the unbeaten run of Kotoko that faithful season.
They became a regular customer in the GPL and on numerous occasions finished amongst the first four on the league log, booking their place to compete in the CAF Confederations Cup.
However, just a season after they emerged runners-up in the league, they have been condemned to relegation. Some soccer pundits and football administrators are of the thinking that it was an orchestrated attempt by the GFA to supervise their fall.
But Victor Ahiakpor has expressed his dissatisfaction at the way he was treated in a club he founded and has voiced out that he never sold it to Randy Abbey.
'I never sold my team. Ask Randy Abbey if he bought Lions, and for how much. I have been described as a chief supporter instead of Founder. How?,' Mr. Ahiakpor told Happy FM.
'I am the founder of Lions but not treated as such.
'I was at Obuasi to support my team but Randy Abbey ignored me. I went to him to greet him but he rolled up his car glass and pretended to be on phone' he said, adding that, 'These things won't help the club.
Heart of Lions ended the season on the 14 position, after they were beaten 4-2 by New Edubiase at the Obuasi Len Clay Sports Stadium on Sunday when they needed a point to maintain their premier league status.