Board Member of Accra Hearts of Oak, Vincent Sowah Odotei has laughed off claims from outgoing skipper of the club, Fatawu Mohammed that the club didn’t pay him well through out his tenure.
Fatawu Mohammed who is reportedly on the verge of leaving the club after 9 years in a recent interview on Sports Obama TV stated that he received meager salary at the club, one which isn’t enough to buy him a bicycle.
However, Board Member of the club, Vincent Sowah Odotei has laughed off the claims. He labeled Fatawu as “ungrateful” and went on to reveal that Fatawu was receiving a gross salary of GHS9,600.
“Do you know how much Fatawu gets paid a month? GHS9,600! That is his gross salary,” the board member said on Class FM.
“If a player is earning this kind of money and he comes on air and says he regrets playing for Hearts of Oak, Hearts of Oak is a rubbish club, people should not regard and all, that’s okay, fine.”
“People will put money and invest their time… We are not interested in this kind of banter, player comes and talks, no, we are not interested in that.”
“I am not being disrespectful to you or arrogant but we are human beings, it gets to a point where we have to say things,” he added.
Fatawu in the interview as well stated that it’ll be callous of him to advice teammate Daniel Afriyie Barnieh to renew his contract with the club, a claim the board member has refused to respond to.
“See Fatawu, boasting all over that even though he has not been abroad before, he’s bought five pieces of land and he’s built a house or two houses – it’s all because of Hearts of Oak. If he comes back and says Hearts of Oak is a rubbish club, Barnieh should not register and all that, that’s okay. That’s fine,” Odotei bemoaned.
“We have nothing to say. If his gross salary is GHS9,600 to 9,800, and he still rubbishes the club, that’s fine, that’s fine.
“I hope you get the confidence to tell people how much he earns,” Vincent Sowah Odotei concluded.
Meanwhile, Fatawu Mohammed has rendered an apology to the management and fans of the club for his actions.
Per a report, Fatawu Mohammed has been told he has no future at Hearts of Oak.
The club is expected to announce the departure of the right-back who has been at the club since 2013 and captained the team to win the 2020/21 Premier League title and also the MTN FA Cup in 2020/21 and 2021/22.