Dejected Frederick Ansah Botchway releases statement over ‘maltreatment’ from Hearts of Oak

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Hearts of Oak midfielder Frederick Ansah Botchway has released a statement expressing his displeasure over the treatment he’s receiving from the club.

A fortnight ago, Hearts of Oak announced that they’ve officially informed Fredrick Ansah Botchway that he’s a surplus requirement and both parties are in the process to mutually terminating their contracts.

Speaking for the first time since the announcement, the player has taken to Facebook to express his displeasure over the treatment he has received and continues to receive from the club.

According to Botchway, a lot of lies and negative propaganda were mounted against him throughout his stay with the club which spans from January 2020.

The midfielder added that the despite the club announcing weeks ago that his services is no longer needed, he’s yet to receive his release or termination letter. A situation which leaves him frustrated.

Below is the full statement;

Dear All

I have served Hearts of Oak with all my heart and in sincerity. Everyone at the club especially the fans became a family. Lot of lies and negative propaganda were mounted against me but I decided to remain silent for the respect and love I have for this club but it saddens my heart and soul today, that I have had to do this. Despite being declared surplus to requirement by the club without any official letter to me and my management, I thought it was time for me to move on with my career despite the pains in my heart for the manner in which this was communicated (via social media).

Tried as I have done, the club that has declared me surplus to requirements has still refused to hand over my release letter to me to pursue other opportunities. Neither has the club terminated my agreement after weeks of this publication.

I have never spoken ill about the club on any media but I feel very helpless and sad at this moment.

Currently, I’m not training with Hearts of Oak because I’m officially not part of the team, yet I have not been given my freedom to choose a club of my choice. Today hasn’t been a good day, as I virtually spent hours at the club begging for my release letter but I was told to go home and wait until the club is ready to invite me for my release.

Meanwhile, football will not wait. Opportunities will not wait and my career cannot wait.

Why am I writing this?

I need to let everyone at Hearts of Oak know that the club is still in my heart after what they have done for me and I’d want our ties to be severed on very professional grounds.

The transfer window is opened and I have decided to search for new opportunities to showcase my talent as well as take care of my family.

If I’m surplus to requirement at Hearts, I expect that communication to come with a release and termination letter.

Sincerely and respectfully I do not need to beg to be left to find new opportunities.

Thank you Accra Hearts of Oak Phobia Fans Zone HQ.

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