Slavko Matic, the coach of Hearts of Oak, claims that he was unable to decide on a certain starting lineup for the recently concluded 2022 Championship of African Nations (CHAN).
Five Phobians members made up the Black Galaxies team that represented Ghana in the Algerian tournament.
The Serbian claims that by losing five important players, including captain Gladson Awako, Konadu Yiadom, Seidu Suraj, Dennis Korsah, and Daniel Afriyie, his roster became lighter and it became more difficult to choose a reliable starting eleven.
“I like giving opportunities to all the players. That’s what exactly I did when I came,” he told ghanasportspage.com.
“I gave more than twenty players opportunities to show me who they are and what they can. We tried to settle on our first eleven but unfortunately, five of them went to the CHAN tournament.
“Within a short period, we stayed with 15 to 16 players. We were having six games at that time.
“We had a big challenge with a small number of players to play six games in a role. It was difficult for us. At that moment you cannot find the best eleven.
“How can you make the best or first eleven when five players are not with you? Is a different situation for the players.”