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30.01.2005 Football News

Mixed reactions from Hearts and Lions coaches

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Accra, Jan 30, GNA - The coaches of Accra Hearts of Oak and Kpando Heart of Lions have expressed missed reaction about the performance of their teams after drawing one all in their Coca Cola Top Four match at the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium on Sunday.

Whilst Lions Bashiru Hayford who saw his side relinquish an early lead to pick only a point in the second match of the tournament was disappointed by the outcome, Hearts stand-in coach, Archibold Lamptey expressed extreme satisfaction with the outcome of the game. "We should have totally buried Hearts in both halves and unbelievably my boys allowed these people to equalise", these were the words of dejected coach Hayford.

He blamed the Hearts equalizer that was fetched by Lawrence Adjah Tetteh later in the game to complacency on the part of his boys who enjoyed a splendid afternoon.

"I think my boys thought it was all over when indeed there was everything to fight for".

On the contrary, he was also displeased with the manner in which his strikers squandered chances which he felt could have wrapped up victory for them earlier in the game.

"I simply cannot fathom how my strikers managed to miss clear cut chances and I intend to sharpen the rough edges before our next game". He said that he is however, "completely content with our output today. The boys lived up to expectation and I couldn't have asked for more", coach Lamptey told the GNA Sports.

Hearts Lamptey explained that the focus of the team is to offer their recruits like Joe Tagoe, Richard Anderson and Kwabena Dodzie and others the opportunity to shuffle well with the old players for their future assignments.

"This exercise is primarily aimed at building a formidable team for our continental assignment which begins next month with Enyimba in the Super Cup and I strongly believe the boys fared well".

He added that, "these are new boys who naturally deserve some time to jell and if their display today is anything to go by, then the future is certainly bright, because I am convinced that they would soon find the desired rhythm when we begin our conditioning training".

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