Hearts of Oak were beaten by three goals to one in the finals of the 2017 FA Cup which was staged at Tamale.
Lead striker for the Porcupine Warriors, Saddick Adams scored a hat trick in the first half.
According to former Captain, Thomas Abbey, the Phobians lost because his teammates had gone 3 months without salary and 7 match winning bonuses were also in arrears.
In an interview with Angel FM Accra, Abbey said:
“I can say that before the match, everything favoured Hearts. We were supposed to win but there were very serious problems in the team. We had not been paid for three months and winning bonuses from 7 matches were also not paid.
“I can tell you that, before the final, we were not even training. We were protesting so we will go to the training grounds and only jog for twenty minutes and go back home. Most of the players had their contracts expired so we knew the match was the last opportunity to demand our pay. Not surprising that we lost in the first half. I can say it was what led to the defeat,” he said.
Source: Ghana | Angelfmonlinegh.com | Isaac Ansah Apagya