Accra Hearts of Oak’s search for a new boss to fill their vacant head coaching position job seems to be drawing to a gradual close following multiple reports from the nation’s capital and a confirmation from the team’s brass that discussions with former Asante Kotoko coach and current coach of the national U20 team (Black Princesses) Mas-Ud Didi Dramani to fill the void has reached an advanced stage.
The Phobians search for a new head coach comes on the heel of the termination of the contract of fan favorite coach – Kenichi Yatsuhashi – in June of 2016 and the subsequent handing over of the reins to Sergio Traguil and Yaw Preko, both of whom have since moved on from the club.
Dramani’s appointment will signify a full circle for the Phobians should it materialize as he was rumored to have been under the consideration for the job last season but was beaten to it by Yatsuhashi who was recently appointed head coach of Nigerian side Ifeanyi Ubah following his lay off from Hearts of Oak.
Communication director and spokesman of Hearts of Oak, Mr. Kwame Opare Addo had this to say in a recent interview with Joy Sports;
Dramani was linked with the job last season but the management opted for American-based Japanese coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi but they look set to get the Black Princess and Black Satellites coach this season.
‘’Hearts of Oak is looking for a coach who should be able to transform the team and play the kind of football that will attract fans to the stadium,’’
‘’And we all know the record of Didi Dramani is not bad, he is a very good and he can do a good job if we have him in our team’’
‘’If the decision finally settles on Didi… then yes we all have to support him because his record was a good one.’’
Coach Mas-Ud Didi Dramani led the Black Princesses to the 2016 FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament in Papua Guinea where his team failed to advance through the group stage following a loss and 2 ties.
He has a wealth of coaching experience which includes stints with GN Bank Division One side Guan FC, Right to Dream Academy before joining the Phobians arch enemies - Asante Kotoko – in 2012 and guiding them to back to back Ghana Premier League Championships in 2012 and 2013 and the MTN FA Cup in 2014.
He parted ways with Kotoko in 2015 by mutual consent and has since.
Should all go through, his assistant at Hearts of Oak will be Henry Lamptey Wellington who joined the club just this preseason from Asante Kotoko.