Newly-signed Hearts Of Oak striker, Kofi Kodzi has revealed why he has signed for Ghana Premier League Champions as they prepare to play in the CAF Champions League against Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco on 17th October 2021.
Kofi Kordzi left Hearts of Oak two seasons ago for a big-money move to Qatari side Mauither.
Though the striker impressed in Qatar, he has rejoined his former club Hearts Of Oak in a two-year deal. He has highlighted so many issues since re-joined the Phobians.
Kofi Kodzi, you’re back! How much of a change have you witnessed since your return to the team?
‘The training grounds has been changed; this place is better than it was when l was here. We have a new bus which is much comfortable than the previous one and have a very solid team. I am very happy to be back. It’s good to be around the people and see a lot of familiar faces too. The coaches have also welcomed me well and we are moving on as a team.
It’s almost three years to the day since you first arrived at Accra Hearts of Oak. What are the main differences between Kofi Kodzi the player then and now?
‘I just feel more complete. I’ve tried to master all the facets that a striker needs and I just want to keep improving on the small details all the time and keep improving on my strengths as well.
‘I just want to try to help the team win and be available for the manager as well as for my team-mates. I want to make sure that they feel comfortable and they can lean on me in whatever situation we’re in.’
Having played outside the shores of Ghana what new do you see yourself bringing on board
‘I’m a team player, making sure that everybody around me feels comfortable and confident. That’s the way I play. I make sure that everybody is confident and happy with me so we can get on well at all times to play our hearts out for the team.
‘When there’s a difficult moment in the game, they can lean on me and I’ll always be encouraging my teammates, never being down on them or barking at them. I try to stay positive and make sure that we win the game because that’s always the most important thing.’
Have you managed to speak much to the boss, Samuel Boadu about how he sees your role in the team?
‘Yes, of course! The conversation was clear from him, that he wants me to be a leader up front and a team player. I have to just use all my abilities to make sure I can help the team as much as possible.
‘My role will depend on what the game plan is and what the boss wants me to do. If he wants me to be a focal point or if he wants me to attack the spaces in behind, I can do it.
‘I like the system that we play and I’m very flexible. Knowing the strengths of my teammates in important positions and knowing what we do off the ball, then I can do the rest.’
So now, what are your plans?
‘I am ready, l am trying to prove myself to the coaches that if I am selected I can play. We all have to compete throughout the week to earn our starting places.
‘For me, it’s going to be a new fight but we’re all fighting for one cause – to make sure that Hearts is the eventual winner. I’ll make sure that in training I give 100 percent every day and make sure that I’m ready for each game.