Ex-Ghana Star Backs Return Of Kosta Papic To Hearts

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Former Hearts of Oak defender Sam ‘Foyoo’ Johnson believes the return of Kosta Papic will bring back the team’s glory days.

The 60-year-old Serbian tactician was handed the Phobian hot seat on Monday on the back of a meeting between the club’s Board Chairman, Togbe Afede XIV, and outgoing Member of Parliament for La Dadekotopon, Vincent Sowah Odotei, however, details of his contract are not available yet.

Coach Edward Nii Odoom, had been steering the Phobian wheel following the sack of ex-Ghana international Kim Grant in December last year, but it appears he has been demoted to handle the youth side of the club, Auroras, with immediate effect.

Meanwhile Kosta Papic will be assisted by former Berekum Chelsea gaffer Joseph Asare Bediako. Papic returns to the capital-based club eleven years after leading them to the 2008/09 Ghana Premier League title during his one-year stint with the club.

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The Serbian was spotted at the Accra Sports stadium on Sunday when Hearts lost 0-1 to Inter Allies.

“Papic is not a foreigner, he has been here before but I don’t know if he is the same Papic. I prefer he was here before the start of the season,” Johnson told OTEC FM

“His [Papic] return will raise the team because every player will fight to be in his starting lineup. The way things are going, the management need to act fast” He added

The Serbian trainer’s first assignment will be to lead the Phobians, who have tasted a loss and a draw in the domestic league, against league leaders Karela United on match day four of the Ghanaian topflight on Friday.

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Papic has previously managed Young Africans of Tanzania, South African sides Black Leopards, Chippa United, Polokwane City and Royal Eagles.

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