Accra Hearts of Oak Football Club’s 2000 CAF Champions League winning team demand the fulfilment of the promise made to the players before the two-leg victory over Esperance De Tunis won them their first CAF champions league trophy.
The Phobians had failed twice in the grand finale of the most prestigious African clubs competition in 1977 and 1979 under the regime of Tommy Thompson, who coined the term Continental Club Masters to propel the team to the continental title.
However, it was Harry Zakkour’s leadership as Chief Executive Officer and Ato Ahwoi as Board Chairman, with Jones Cecil Attoquayefio as the Coach that finally achieved the dream goal of Tommy Thompson.
Accra Hearts of Oak became the victors in the two encounters when they defeated Esperance de Tunis 5-2 on aggregate on the masterclass finishing from Osei Kuffour and Ishmael Addo.
Amankwah Mireku, in an interview with Light Sports-Kumasi has revealed that management of the club has failed to honour the promise they made to the players to reward them $25,000 each if they lift the trophy.
“The promise of $25,000 per player for winning the 2000 CAF Champions League must be amicably settled,” He told LightSports.
“A promise is a promise so if not fulfilled, it can affect the team going forward. If they pay or not life goes on, it’s very sad sometimes but that does not mean we wish them [Hearts of Oak] hell.” He stressed.
In the same year, Hearts of Oak won the Ghana Premier League and the FA CUP to complete the treble.
Coach Jones Attuquayefio, was named the CAF Coach of the Year, 2000 for his remarkable achievement.