Akrofi: I’m ready to move on after Hearts sack

Author: Beatrice Laryea
Richard Akrofi

Accra Hearts of Oak’s central defender, Richard Akrofi, says he is not worried about the decision of the management of the club to terminate his contract by mutual agreement after serving them for three seasons.

Last Friday, Hearts released Akrofi and goalkeeper Silvanus Evans Gbeti, citing non-performance and financial constraints in paying their salaries as reasons.

“I received a letter from the management on Friday saying that they don’t need my services anymore, but I am not bothered. I just want to continue with my training, stay focused and look for another club. I am sure that if I had got a club or a contract earlier and I wanted to leave Hearts, they would have resisted it, but look at what they have done to me. I will still play football with or without Accra Hearts of Oak,” lamented Akrofi in an interview with the Graphic Sports.

A director of Hearts, Alhaji Braimah Akambi, confirmed the release of Akrofi, explaining that the club needed to be prudent in their expenditure following the suspension of the Premier League

“The league has been suspended and as it stands now, nobody knows when it will be resumed, so we decided to release them. We cannot continue to pay their salaries when we don’t need their services any longer. We thus ended their contracts to enable them to seek opportunities in other clubs,” Alhaji Akambi told the Graphic Sports.

Akrofi, 26, joined the Phobians from Wa All Stars during the 2015/2016 league season and put up an excellent display during his first season at the club and became a mainstay in the Phobians’ rear guard, forming a solid partnership with former captain, Robin Gnagne.

However, the defender’s performance declined and subsequently fell down the pecking order as he made just five appearances in the 2017/2018 season until it was suspended in June at the end of the first round.

Gbeti, 26, leaves the Phobians after joining them three seasons ago from Bolga All Stars. He made just two appearances this season against Techiman Eleven Wonders and AshantiGold.