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Noonan explains why Fatawu lost Hearts of Oak's captaincy

23:35 GMT+4 14/11/2018
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The Phobians chief says the defender was relieved of his role as the club's skipper following his comments about player recruitment

Hearts of Oak managing director Mark Noonan has revealed that Fatawu Mohammed was stripped of the club's captaincy a fortnight ago because of his media outburst against internal policies.
 
The 26-year-old, in a recent interview, expressed his frustrations at the club's decision to sign only strikers from lower-tier sides, insisting that it shows lack of ambitions.
 
"I was upset and disappointed by the former captain's comments so I brought him into my office. We talked about it and later took the captaincy away from him because of his comments since it didn't represent a leader," Noonan told Citi FM.
 
"Any bad statement a captain makes about the club I'm leading, I will a have a big issue with that.
 
"We have a plan and the right leadership in place with new coach Kim Grant whom we've hired. Now is not the time to go out and buy a bunch of expensive players," he said.
 
"Nobody knows when we are going to have a league so there was no need for him to make such utterances. We will bring in reinforcement at the right time," he added.
 
Hearts have endured their worst run without a major silverware in the club's history since lifting the Ghana Premier League trophy in 2009.