Hearts of Oak legend Bernard Don Bortey is leading the trending stories in Ghana football after celebrating with their fierce rivals Asante Kotoko after lifting the GPL trophy on Sunday.
The retired footballer was among the legends seen at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday evening when the Porcupine Warriors hosted a historic event to celebrate their 25th GPL title.
The former skipper of the Rainbows has come under criticism for taking part of Asante Kotoko’s coronation event.
The 39-year-old retired footballer after suffering from the lips of his former club came out to blast the current leadership of Hearts of Oak for not allowing the old players to come close to the former players, saying they don’t know anything about football.
After all, the former captain Amankwa Mireku has stepped in to comment about the ongoing tussle between Hearts of Oak and the legend, Don Bortey.
Sharing his opinion in an interview with Ghanasportspage.com he insists his former team-mate should have taught of the tag on him as Hearts legend before jubilating with the Porcupine Warriors.
“He need to be asked but is my opinion because he is my colleague. I feel that he [Don Bortey] wanted to jubilate with Kotoko and for me I don’t know his motive behind that but to be honest is not anything bad but the rivalry between Kotoko and Hearts makes it bad.
“Is not anything bad but he shouldn’t forget that the Hearts of Oak tag will be on him forever and even after death that tag will be on his children. The rival between Hearts of Oak and Kotoko is the reason why we are talking about this. We all know the rival between Hearts and Kotoko so if we should base on this then we will say what Don Bortey did is wrong. I don’t know his mindset but if not the rival then we can say is not anything bad.
“I feel that I would have advised my ex-Hearts team-mates not to do that and they should think of the consequences because you are lying on the hearts of the supporters. You have no problem when you jubilates at your comfort zone but the moment you come out publicly is like calling hatred for yourself,” says Amankwa Mireku.
Both Amankwa Mireku and Don Bortey were part of the 64 battalion team of Hearts of Oak that won the 2000 CAF Champions League and 2004 CAF Confederation Cup.
The legend, Amankwa had ten years say with Hearts of Oak before he left to sign with Indian side Viva Kerala on 12 June 2007.