The Phobians are certain they can improve on their fifth-placed performance in the Ghana Premier League last season even without their key marksmanAccra Hearts of Oak coach David Duncan has stated that the imminent departure of striker Mahatma Otoo will not affect his team’s fortunes next season.
The goal poacher is reported to have sealed a three-year deal with Belgium giants Club Brugges after capping a fine campaign in this year’s Ghana Premier League. Otoo who has been impressive for the Phobians since his move from Sporting Mirren three seasons ago scored 20 goals this term to win the Premier League top scorer award.
Coach Duncan told Radio XYZ that regardless of the player’s classic display last season the team will not suffer in his absence.
“Yes to a degree his absence would be felt because he was an integral part of the team, but honestly speaking he is not an indispensable player,” he said.
“Without him in some matches the team survived, not forgetting the back-to-back games we played against New Edubiase which we won and it was without him and that goes to give credence to the fact that he is an integral part.”
Duncan added: “Yes, Mahatma scored 20 goals for us this season but don’t forget that the team scored 46 goals and that means 26 goals came from elsewhere either than him so I think that he was an integral part and not an indispensable player and I can stand the test of time without him.”
Hearts of Oak have not won the League title since 2009.