Hearts of Oak have announced the appointment of Ivorian coach Aboubakar Ouattara as the new coach ahead of the second round of the 2023/24 Ghana Premier League.
Delali Anku-Adiamah has also been named as the Managing Director. A club statement revealed this on Friday, February 9, 2024.
Ouattara, a CAF License A coach with an impressive coaching record, takes over from Abdul Rahim Bashiru. Bashiru served as the interim coach following the dismissal of Martinus Koopman in November 2023.
Koopman left the team in the 11th position on the league table with 12 points after winning only two games in 10 matches.
“Coach Ouattara has signed a two-and-half-year contract with the Club and is expected to start training next week when the team returns from this weekend’s friendly game against Techiman XI Wonders,” the statement on Friday, February 9 said.
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Ouattara has worked in various African countries. He most recently served as the Technical Adviser of Wydad Athletic Club in Morocco.
His tenure begins immediately and is expected to start training next week after the team’s friendly game against Techiman XI Wonders over the weekend.
In addition, the appointment of Delali Anku-Adiamah as the club’s Managing Director also takes effect immediately.
Anku-Adiamah brings a wealth of experience from working in prominent organisations such as Manchester United, Accenture, Markit, and FactSet.
The swift appointments signal the club’s renewed determination to turn things around after struggling in recent years.
Hearts of Oak finished the first round of the Ghana Premier League in the 11th position with 21 points. They aim to make significant improvements under the guidance of coach Ouattara.
The team will resume the league with a match against Real Tamale United (RTU) at the end of the month.