The management of Accra Hearts of Oak is on the brink of thronging the club into massive embarrassment after they terminated the contract of defender Isaac Oduro while the player was nursing a terrible career-threatening injury.
The left back was among a list of fourteen players who were released by the Phobians at the beginning of the season.
GHANAsoccernet checks have revealed that Oduro was nursing a serious injury sustained while playing for the club but the management of the former Africa champions wickedly terminated his contract without taking care of the player as stipulated by the General Regulations of the Ghana Football Association.
Further checks revealed that Isaac Oduro was part of Hearts side that lost to Samatex in last year’s MTN FA Cup clash at Samraboi through penalties.
The intelligent defender, who was an expert in set pieces for the Phobians got injured in the game and lasted only three minutes on the field, reason for his substitution in the game.
Hearts, knowing very well that they needed to take care of the player as the laws stipulate took the player to the 37 Military Hospital where Dr. Bulley conducted an operation on the injured leg.
Sadly after he was discharged from the hospital, no club official, according to the player, visited him or called to ascertain his condition save their former gaffer, Kenichi Yatsuhashi who called him regularly to check on his recovery progress.
Adding to the above, the player claims the team manager Sabahn Quaye was the next club official to call him but to tell him they are registering Kassenu Ghandy to replace him (Oduro) since his recovery was taking time.
Oduro further explained that he went back to the hospital for review but Dr. Bulley refused to treat him because Hearts heavily owed him. But Dr, Bulley declined confirming or denying the claim that the club heavily owed him, when contacted by GHANAsoccernet.
Following the neglect from the club, the player who had 6 months left on his contract held a meeting with Hackman Aidoo, Accountant/Administrator of the club to mutually terminate his contract and travel as a free agent since he was no more needed.
Sadly, the player was made to vacate his accommodation after the termination of his contract with the injury still not completely healed as he was not declared fit by the doctor due to financial constraints.
The sad situation has left the player in terrible condition and can lead to the end of his career as he needs to go back to the hospital for a review of the injured leg which is currently swollen and has kept him out of the game for close to 6 months.
Narrating his sad ordeal to GHANAsoccernet, Oduro likened his situation to many players in the team, insisting they were given proper care and attention when they were injured but not him.
‘When Inusah Musah and Samudeen got injured, the leaders had time for them to recover. Alhaji Akambi was taking them everywhere to make sure they were healed but not me. Not even a call,’ he said.
The unhappy Oduro applauded how Asante Kotoko, bitter rivals of Hearts, treat their players when they are injured, citing Gideon Baah, Larbi Koomson, Jackson Owusu, Felix Anan and Isaac Amoako as clear examples.
Oduro will, however, need to undergo his last medical examination to get rid of a metal aid that was placed on the feet during the operation to be declared fully fit but will need financial support to do that since he has been abandoned by the Phobians.
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