Grant: Hearts critics didn't know me but I believe in my abilities

Goal Ghana
The Phobians boss talks about their ambition in their final two matches of the group stage of the novelty league

Hearts of Oak head coach and director of football Kim Grant says his outfit will not take their foot off the pedal in the Ghana Special Competition despite cementing a place in the next round of the championship.

Four points clear at the top of the table in Zone B, six points above third-placed Liberty Professionals and with two more rounds of matches to go, the Phobians are the first team to secure a semi-final ticket in the novelty league following Wednesday's 1-0 triumph over Karela United in a top-of-the-table clash.

“Two more games to go. It's important we win those games and move on,” Grant was reported to have said by Asempanews.

The coach took over the Hearts job in December and he saw his side produce a series of topsy-turvy results in the early stages of the competition. 

“People don’t know me but I want them to appreciate that I believe in my abilities, so I didn’t worry when they criticised me in the beginning.

“We learnt from our mistakes when we lost against Elmina [Sharks] and Karela [in the first leg] at Anyinasi.

"Although we lost those two encounters, my team played very well so I trust them.”

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Hearts have won eight games, drawn one and lost three of 12 matches thus far.

They next host fourth-placed Elmina Sharks on Sunday before wrapping up the league stage away to second-from-bottom Dreams FC.

The winner of the Special Competition will represent Ghana in the Caf Champions League next season.