Former Hearts of Oak defender, Raddy Ovouka has disclosed that he was paid GHC800 a month’s salary at Hearts of Oak.
Ovouka said he was offered the deal in 2018 and was told to sign or leave because they had not seen him play.
Speaking with Ghanasportspage, he said he had just arrived in Ghana and had to seek shelter, hence, he had no option but to sign the contract.
“I signed a five-year deal with Hearts of Oak from 2018 to 2023. When I was about to sign the contract, they told me they had never seen me play before so if I didn’t like the salary, I could leave. It wasn’t easy for me because I didn’t know anyone in Ghana and I needed to get a place to sleep so I had to sign the contract like that.” Raddy Ovouka told the authoritative Ghanaian Giant sports website, ghanasportspage.com.
According to Ovouka, he renegotiated his salary after he got an agent in 2021.
“I got an agent while playing for Accra Hearts of Oak. He is from Portugal, I think so. He told me he was interested in me and I said no problem. I sent him my contract and told him I have a five-year contract at Hearts of Oak and my salary is GHC 8 million (old currency). I told him my salary was too small so he should talk to them to increase my salary. He talked to the club and they said I would need to extend my contract by one year, which means my contract will then end in 2024.”
“It is GHC800 (new currency),” he clarified.
He continued that Hearts of Oak offered to increase his salary to GHC4,000 after his agent made efforts in his demand for a salary increment.
“…they said I should extend my contract by one year so they would increase my salary to GHC4,000. I told them I’ll not sign and they said that’s the money they could offer. My agent told me he would include certain terms in the contract, if they agree then I sign. I said okay and the club agreed to the terms, so I signed.”
Raddy Ovouka signed the new deal before later Securitate moved to join New Mexico United in the USA.
Listen to how Ovouka narrated his salary conditions at Accra Hearts of Oak during the interview with Sir Martin on Monday evening: