Hearts of Oak coach, Henry Wellington has disclosed that their trial match against Elmina Sharks on Sunday at the Cape Coast Stadium was a good exercise for them as they wait for the start of the 2017/18 Ghana Premier League.
The Phobians conceded a late goal after an unpardonable mistake from their goalkeeper, Benjamin Mensah, eventually losing 1-0. Henry Wellington has however refused to blame the goalie. He says mistakes they made in the game will be duly corrected.
“It was a good exercise for both sides. I chose to play a football match for the players to know the pitch well. Most of the players don’t know the field well. That’s why we chose the Cape Coast Stadium. The first half was 50-50; we changed the game in the second half and to take them on. It’s unfortunate we conceded that late goal” he told FootballMadeInGhana.com.
He added that, there was no point blaming their goalie for the defeat. “It happens in football games. It’s good it wasn’t a league game. It’s just a pre-season game. We will go back and do the correction”.
Hearts of Oak will use the Cape Coast Stadium as their home as their original home, the Accra Sports Stadium is being renovated. Henry Wellington spoke about attendance at Sunday’s friendly game.
“It’s the first time we’ve come here. We came here so that people will know we are playing our matches here. May be the publicity wasn’t strong. That’s why but I’m sure when the league starts they will come in their numbers” the coach said.