Kosta Papic ready to end Hearts of Oak Ghana Premier League drought

Hearts of Oak newly appointed boss Kosta Papic set sight on ending clubs Ghana Premier League drought in the already started season.

The 2000 Caf Champions League winners have never laid on Ghana’s topflight league since end of the 2008-2009 season.

After this period, Hearts have, only on a better note, managed to make cut within the top four- appearing 4th position in 2014/2015, 3th in 2015/2016, 3th in 2016/2017 seasons while on the worst side- 13th in 2017/2018 and 9th in last season’s league.

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Hearts appointed Edward Nii Odoom last season to guide the Accra based side to glory in the Ghana Premier League but after just three games, Hearts fired the Ghanaian trainer due to failed expectation on part of Odoom.

Odoom was replaced by Papic who has vast experience on the African continent after spells with Premier Soccer League giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.

While preparing to take on league leaders Karela United in Match-Day 4 of the Ghana Premier League, Papic has offer happiness to Hearts fans, stating he will help 20-time league champions lift the Ghana Premier League.

“Accra Hearts of Oak have not won the league in the past 11 years. It’s time for Hearts to win the trophy,” Papic told reporters.

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“They have a target of winning the trophy. That is good for me also, for the players who are currently in the squad, officials of the team and to the supporters as well.

“I will do my best to succeed on that, with time we will see, I’m here for them.”

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The Serbian trainer began Hearts’ last league triumph where he led the Ghana Premier League table 10 points off second place with only 7 games to end the season.

Papic demise in his first spell came having saw arch rivals Asante Kotoko defeated Hearts at the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium (Now Accra Sports Stadium) to break 16-year jinx and lost to King Faisal in 11/9 advantage in Kumasi the following week.

Francis Coffie headed home the match winner from a Harrison Afful free-kick on 75th minute to aid Kotoko claim their first League win over their archrivals in Accra dating back to 1993.


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