Accra, April 8, GNA - Accra Hearts of Oak have retained 28 out of more than 40 players for the 2005 soccer season and the recruitment of additional eight new ones. A statement issued in Accra on Friday said the decision was arrived at, after a joint meeting between the Board of Directors and the Management Board on Thursday, April 7th. Criteria used included experience, discipline and commitment.
The players are Sammy Adjei, Mohamed Saanie, Laud Quartey, Dan Quaye, Dan Coleman, Yaw Amankwah Mireku, Acquah Harrison, Michael Donkor, Kwabena Boafo, Eric Djamgbah, Eric Nyarko, Lawrence Adjei, Adjah Tetteh and Adnan Ali.
The rest are James Boateng, Bernard Don Bortey, Francis Bossman, Alfred Nii Larbi, Louis Agyeman, Wisdom Abbey and Prince Tagoe.
The club has also pencilled eight new players to be registered for the new season. They are Power FC trio Douglas Nkrumah, Suleiman Abubakari and Wisdom Agblexo.
Also in the new list are Saliu Muntari and Anthony Annan from Sekondi Hasaacas, Joe Tagoe (Olympics), Ken Asamoah- Maamobi Mitdjyland and Samed Abdul Awudu makes a return to the team after trails in Europe. The statement said the club has also promoted Ricky Yamoah and Tei Okunor from its nursery team Auroras F/C, while there is a possible recruitment of David Kabu, Eric Quarshie, Francis Lamptey, Edmund Yankey, Julian Amu and Isaac Amponsah.
Conspicuously missing from the old players are Kwame Antwi, Dan Oppong, Ablade Morgan, Ebenezer "Dida" Armah, James Nanor, Joe Ansah, Frank Turkson, Adjebu Lawson, Frank Kornu and Edmund Copson. The club therefore urged all interested in the players placed on transfer not to hesitate to contact it for release.