Hearts of Oak striker Kofi Kordzi has responded to his picture circulating on social media which is accompanied by captions accusing him of truancy, by playing in a Chief Imam Cup match whiles Hearts of Oak were in action against Dreams in the semi-final stage of the MTN FA Cup.
Kordzi in a briefing with Ghanasportspage.com confirmed his participation in the said ceremonial match, but not without explanations.
Kordzi last played for the Rainbows during the Ghana Premier League week 25 when they drew 1-1 with Elmina Sharks in Accra. He came in as a substitute to play the last fourteen minutes.
The 27-year old attacker is the second top scorer for Hearts of Oak with 9 goals in all competitions whiles Daniel Afriyie Barnieh is topping with 10 goals.
He has not been featured in 9 Ghana Premier League games this season despite having a good start in the campaign.
Kordzi was first sidelined in their week 12 fixture against Gold Stars at the Duns Park before he returned on week 14 to score brace in their 4-1 win against Eleven Wonders.
Reacting to the picture and the criticism after he was captured by the camera participating in the Chief Imam Cup, Kordzi admitted, explaining that the place is where he does his personal training;
“I played but that’s the place I train, he said, speaking to ghanasportspage.com on Sunday.
“That’s where I have my personal training when Hearts is not having a training. It wasn’t intentionally planned because I train with the boys around and it was a personal training before they called for the match.
It wasn’t my intention. No. It was just a normal personal training and I even went back to watch our game against Dreams FC at home. Sometimes the way people address some issues is not fine. I wouldn’t have returned if Hearts wasn’t on my heart. It is my dream club.
He insisted, that people are just blowing the issue out of proportion.
“I beseech, this is not any issue. Hearts is my team but how some people will talk, it seems like…No.”
“It was at the Fadama astro-turf. That’s where I have my personal training with some boys. You see sometimes you feel dizzy when you train alone that’s why I train with them.” He explained.
In 2019/20 season, he played in 14 league matches and scored 6 goals before the league was truncated due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana, ending his season as the club’s top goalscorer before leaving the club.
He rejoined the GPL giants after a year stint with Qatari side Muaither Football Club after 22 games with 8 goals.