Experienced Hearts of Oak attacking midfielder, Gladson Awako has said that he needed to appease the fans with a goal after a protracted transfer tussle nearly marred his move to the club.
The 30-year-old had signed a 2-year deal to join the Phobians from city rivals, Great Olympics but a tango between the two clubs kept him away from Hearts for a few weeks.
With the issue now settled, the diminutive forward made his debut in the Phobian colours against Elmina Sharks on Wednesday at the Nduom Stadium in week eight.
Awako, who replaced Enock Esubonteng on the 64th minute, capped his debut with a beautiful 72nd minute strike from about 20-yards to give Hearts all three points.
He has expressed gratitude to the club’s following, the hierarchy and teammates.
“I will say a big thank you to the Almighty for making this day like a success one for me.
“The second one goes to the fans because they needed this win so bad because for sometime now they were not happy with the way things have been with the club so this win is a very big one to supporters, this goes to the supporters,” Gladson Awako StarTimes.
The former Berekum Chelsea and TP Mazembe forward says he has been looking forward to a day like this to help calm the crestfallen fans.
“I’ve been looking up to performance like this because of what happened in the past.
“So I needed something like this to cheer the fans up to change the mindset of what people had in mind against me.
“So, I will thank my teammates too because they accepted me, they welcomed me so well.
“So I feel very very happy around them and all that so we needed this win badly.” Gladson Awako said.
The victory gives Hearts of Oak six points from five matches of the 2021/22 league season. They have three outstanding games against Berekum Chelsea, Asante Kotoko and Medeama to clear with their week nine game against Accra Lions at the Cape Coast Stadium.