Hearts of Oak coach Aboubakar Ouattara aims to elevate team with high-quality signings

Published on: 14 May 2024

Hearts of Oak coach Aboubakar Ouattara has made it clear that he will only sign new players who can significantly improve the current squad.

In response to local media reports suggesting that the Phobians are set to offload around 12 players at the end of the season, Ouattara emphasized his commitment to enhancing the team's performance.

The Accra-based club has had a challenging season, with their inconsistent form resulting in a current position of 11th on the 2023/24 Ghana Premier League table, having earned 38 points from 29 games.

Ouattara stated, "I want to be absolutely clear: if I am signing a player for Hearts of Oak, they must be of exceptional quality. If a player's abilities are on par with those of Ampadu, that's acceptable, but if they're not, I see no reason to sign them. After all, I already have a player of that caliber."

He further added, "If a player's skills are equivalent to Ampadu's, I question the need to sign them. I am not interested in signing players who are below the level of my current squad. If I'm looking for academy players, I would turn to Auroras players."