Accra Hearts of Oak coach Kim Grant has explained his decision to bench his first choice goalkeeper Richmond Ayi in the NC Tier 1 competition semi final against Asante Kotoko.
Lots of the Phobian fans were left furious over the coach’s decision to play former number one Ben Mensah ahead of Ayi, a game which Hearts of Oak lost 5-4 on penalties to their endless rivals Asante Kotoko in Accra, dumping them out of the NC competitions. However, Grant tells FOX FM’s Focal sports that Ayi, though wasn’t hundred percent fit, his decision to bench him was purely a tactical one.
“Ayi has been struggling with a knee injury, he got a kick against Uncle T previously and he had a swollen knee and recovered from injury but Ben is a capable goalkeeper, he is very experienced”, Grant told Focal sports.
” Maybe if we’d got to the final Ayi would have been in goal in the final match but it was a tactical decision and also was concern about his knee, I want every player to be hundred percent coming into game; physically, mentally and tactically so it was a tactical decision “, Grant insisted.
Source: FOX 97.9 FM