Dr Nyaho Tamakloe opens up on how he used his tilapia money to buy fuel for Hearts of Oak

Published on: 18 September 2023

Board Member of Hearts of Oak, Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe has revealed how he used his money to purchase fuel for the club when he joined the club in the 1980s.

The veteran football administrator and politician joined the Phobians in the 1980s and has since served the club in various capacities.

According to him, Hearts of Oak already had top guns running the affairs of the club including HP Nyameteye, Tommy Thompson, Dr Quarnor, Ambassador Osekre and Alhaji Tijani among others when he returned to Ghana from abroad.

Speaking on how far he come since joining the club, Dr Tamakloe said he was touched by the plight of the club when he was called by one of the top officials of the club as when he drove past the club secretariat in Tudu, Accra.

He added that he joined the gathered officials at Tudu to wait for players who were to report to the secretariat as the club bus was waiting to convey the team to Kumasi for a game against Asante Kotoko the same day.

“One day I drove to Tudu to get some tilapia around the Hearts of Oak secretariat and I was called by one of the officials when I asked what he was doing here, he said they were waiting for the players and I joined them to wait for the players. We waited and only 13 players showed up because officials have to send people to call these players from their various homes," he told Prime Take.

“After waiting for hours, the driver of the bus showed up and said there was no fuel in the bus so we had to contribute and so I used my tilapia money to help get fuel for the bus which became my first investment for the club and finally they travelled to Kumasi and managed a draw against Asante Kotoko”, he added.

In 2001, he was voted the president of the Ghana Football Association in 2005 and was appointed Ghana’s ambassador to Serbia and Montenegro where he held the position until the independence of Montenegro in 2009.