There is more pressure playing for Hearts than Kotoko - Amankwah Mireku

Author: Bernard Neequaye
Amankwah Mireku

Former Accra Hearts of Oak skipper, Amankwah Mireku, says there is more pressure playing for the Phobians as compared to Kumasi Asante Kotoko.

Mireku, 38, who had a 10-year stint with Hearts during his career, says supporters of the Phobians are usually on the nerves of players as compared to Kotoko were the squad is mainly pampered.

He however admitted that the pressure placed on them by the supporters paid off when they dominated the Premier by winning it seven times from 1997 to 2007, the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup in 2004 and 2007.

In an interview with Asempa FM, he said "There is more pressure playing for Hearts of Oak than Kotoko because the supporters will always be on you to deliver".

"Kotoko supporters pamper their players but Hearts of Oak supporters doesn't and this kept us on our toes to be successful in our era," he added.

The retired player featured for the Black Stars during his playing days from 2001 to 2005 with 16 appearances for his country.