Ailing ex-Hearts of Oak star Allotey sends out SOS

The ex-midfielder says he needs money to fight illness and alleged Hearts have still not paid him for helping to win the 2000 Champions League, but the Phobians have denied it

Former Hearts of Oak midfielder Charles Allotey finds himself in a dire financial situation after spending so much to treat various ailments he keeps battling daily.

Allotey is therefore appealing to friends, supporters and corporate bodies to come to his aid.

Allotey, who was part of Hearts’ Caf Champions League winning team in 2000, is virtually broke after battling Tuberculosis (TB) and other complications.

“I’m very ill and down spirited because taking care of this illness has cost me a lot,” he told Goal Ghana.

“I played Hearts of Oak wholeheartedly and I don't think it should reach a level where I have to come out publicly to seek for help. This is due to the fact that most of the bonuses we were promised never came and I think it is all part of my poor financial status.”

Allotey is a bitter person and regrets playing for the Phobians since “no official has shown interest” in his health condition.

He confessed: “Sometimes these problems make me feel rejected and I feel sorry for myself for playing for Hearts of Oak.

“I was being chased by Kotoko and other clubs at a point but that never materialised. It is very sad players will suffer after giving their all to clubs in their active days.”

Hearts of Oak have denied flatly that they owe Allotey, but have sympathised with him.

Speaking to Goal Ghana, the spokesperson of the Phobians, Muheeb Saeed, said they are not going to “engage in any hostility” with their former player.

He said the club has honoured its side of the bargain as far as promises made to the 2000 squad are concerned. He explained that the Accra giants promised to give every player a percentage of the amount to be accrued at the Club World Cup after winning the Caf Champions League in 2000.

However, because the tournament was called off, making it impossible for Hearts to realise the US$2 million they were hoping to rake in at the competition and were compensated $500, 000, all the players were given a percentage based on that amount.

“Clearly, everyone will be disappointed because the competition was called off but as far as the records have shown there is nothing showing that we owe any player. Allotey even came back and served Hearts on the technical team as team manager for the reserves,” Saed noted.

“What would motivate a lot of them such as Sammy Adjei who returned as a goalkeeper, Eben Dida and Amankwah Mireku who now work with the team to come back if we owe them? What would have motivated them to return if Hearts had treated them as badly as he claims,” he asked.

Goal understands that Allotey’s former team-mate Adjah Tetteh is raising funds for his treatment at a spiritual hideout in Taifa, a suburb of Accra. Allotey was part of the Phobians who won almost everything in 2000.