Ex-Hearts of Oak captain Amankwah Mireku has made a staggering confession on which Kotoko player really got on his nerves any time Hearts of Oak played arch rivals, Kumasi Asante Kotoko during his playing days.
In an interview with Zylofon Sports, Mireku revealed that no other player but Stephen ‘Tico Tico’ Oduro, made things difficult during such encounters.
“I must admit Stephen Oduro and Godwin Ablordey were troublesome customers, but will be emphatic on Stephen Oduro, and that is why I took him out in a game in Kumasi. When he is with the ball, I sometimes attack but not necessarily for the ball, because I know it is difficult to take it from him but, I try to destroy his play. If I dare try going for the ball, he might dribble and humiliate me having in mind that I am the Captain of the team”, he said.
‘In that particular game, any time there is an encounter between us, he dribbles and leave me chasing shadows and the supporters will be all over him, so I decided to save my face. Then came a 50/50 ball, after he got the pass, I gave him about five-meter distance and attacked but unfortunately there was contact and within 15 minutes he was out of the game and I displayed all my skills during his absence’’, he said smiling.
The former Hearts skipper is poles apart with calls from a section of Accra Hearts of Oak supporters, who are of the notion that, too many friendly games in recent times is taking away the shine from the Super Clash.
He believes that the rivalry between the two most sensational clubs can never be compromised, but the current performance of both clubs, has rather reduced the zeal and tension, it once had.