It is unheard-of to ever think that a former player of Hearts of Oak will shower genuine praises on arc rivals Asante Kotoko. But wonders many say, will never seem to end as Eben Armah Dida, a former goaltender for the Phobians was explicitly clear that many of his colleagues and himself regret being former players of the capital-based club.
Dida, was a key member of the infamous Phobia squad, ’64 Battalion’ which won the Africa Champions League and Super Cup in the year 2000.
In an interview with Kumasi-based Kessben FM/TV, Dida said, “At Kotoko, former players are always well treated because the club goes further in helping some of them acquire coaching and other related certificates. Which allows a good number of the former players return to the club and perform several rules. As I talk, if I were a Kotoko fan, by now I would have been helped”
“But when you come to Hearts, no-one will notice your presence, left alone assist you. So I think Kotoko invests a lot into their former players better than my own Hearts of Oak. Sincerely, I am not expected to compare the aforementioned clubs due to their rivalry but I have no option because they are the only two biggest clubs in our country,” Eben Armah Dida added.
Meanwhile, Eben Armah Dida was named Hearts of Oak goalkeepers trainer in 2014.