Preko reveals how Atingah survived Hearts of Oak release

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The Phobians centre-back has been lauded after his improved performance in the Wafu tournament

Former Hearts of Oak coach Yaw Preko has shed light on how he managed to prevent the club from offloading defender Vincent Atingah in 2016.

The former Medeama centre-back had a slow start with the Phobians after arriving from Medeama and was at a point considered surplus to requirement as he played second fiddle to Robin Gnagne but he has shown great improvement.

He was one of the star performers for Ghana as they won the 2017 Wafu Cup of Nations against Nigeria at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday.

“I remember Vincent Atingah was one of the players who were put on the transfer list because of their failure to improve under Kenichi Yastuhashi," Preko told Asempa FM.

"However, I managed to speak to Kenichi together with [goalkeeping coach] Nassamu Yakubu so that he rescind his decision on him because the player was good but lack few things.

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"And because he trusted us, he listened to our advice and agreed to let the player stay and fight for his position in the team. That saved Atingah's career.

“What Atingah lacked back then was the confidence to play and I gave him that [when I became the head coach after Kenichi left]. He plays with a lot of confidence now and it’s good for his development. He can achieve a lot if he continues to work harder," he added.

Preko is now the head coach of Nigerian Professional Football League side FC Ifeanyi Ubah and guided them to finish ninth in the just concluded season.

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