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Hearts thin the herd



Hearts of Oak have asked three players to leave the club, following David Duncan's dissatisfaction with their output. The trio were given release letters on Monday.

Prince Attakora-Gyimah, Douglas Nkrumah and Isaac Ofori are now in the market for new clubs, as Hearts of Oak move toward streamlining their team.

David Duncan has, however, also refused to let Kofi Abanga go, despite the player's insistence on leaving the capital giants.

Prince Attakora-Gyimah

The former Ghana under-17 striker signed a three-year deal with Hearts last year from BA Stars, who had been relegated from the Premier League.

He had been impressive for Brong side during the second part of the 2009/2010 season and expectations were high for him at Hearts. He came in a blaze of glory at a time were rebuilding - just like they are at this time - and Gyimah had promised to be goalking by the season's end.

"My dream is to top the goal king chart and thereby help Hearts to be league champions. If nothing at all, at least I should find the net 12 times to make the Hearts fans happy," he had told Daily Guide Sports at the time.

By the time the season finished, Kotoko were champions and the player had been unable to score ten goals.

Nebojsa Vucicevic, Hearts' former coach, used the player as a foil for Mahatma Otoo and one of his best games was the in the last Super Clash of 2011 in Accra where he played an integral role.

For the moment, Attakora-Gyimah will continue his football nomadic activities, having previously featured for Berekum Arsenals, Kessben and Medeama.

Isaac Ofori

A couple of years ago in the 2009/2010 season, Isaac Ofori was one of the star players at Wa All Stars in their excellent run to the the top six of the league.

In comparison, the player was rather quiet during the 2010-2011 season, though lively enough for Hearts of Oak to snap him. Ofori was part of both the Ghana U-20 and the Ghana U-17 national football teams in 2009.

Primarily a winger, he was unable to settle with the Phobians as the formation kept changing and the team could not settle on a single style of play.

Douglas Nkrumah

Together with Ofori and Attakora-Gyimah, Nkrumah was a key part of Hearts' campaign last season. His wealth of experience and expertise on penalty kicks proved invaluable.

Internal politics and a niggling injury slowed him down, and now David Duncan feels he would not be needed. However, it is understood the player sent in a transfer request, knowing he was not a real part of the new gaffer's plans. His next destination is likely to be Dwarfs.

The player's strengths, despite losing some of his pace, still include good set-piece taking, ball distribution and vision. He links up play well.

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