Samuel Akurugu Deserved His Chance Says Hearts of Oak Coach Frank Nuttall

Accra Hearts of Oak goalkeeper Samuel Akurugu deserved his chance against Kotoko says the club’s head coach Frank Nuttall.

The Hearts Number 2 goalkeeper was given the nod in the big game against Kotoko last Sunday ahead of Benjamin Mensah, who had manned the post in the club’s previous seven league games in the new season.

Akurugu went on to produce a good performance and topped it up by keeping a clean-sheet in the 1-0 victory over the Porcupines.

“I think Sam [Akurugu] deserved his chance,” Nuttall told

“The man played half the games I think last season and [they were] 90 minutes game[s] so he deserved his chance [against Kotoko] and he did very well and I was very pleased with him.”

Akurugu joined Hearts in the beginning of the 2015/16 season and he went on to play 15 games in his debut season.

Meanwhile a number of Hearts players, including Akurugu, complained about injury in the first 10 minutes of the game against Kotoko but coach has explained the likely reasoning behind the injury-scares.

“I cannot remember names and those who fell down but one of the players complained after the warm-up that he felt a little bit tight then I knew one of the other players had a little difficulty in training during the week and wasn’t 100% even though I selected him,” Nuttall revealed.

“And then the goalkeeper [and if a goalkeeper feels unwell or does not feel quite well then it is the best thing for them to go down and get the correct treatment. So I was very concerned for the welfare for them all. You know when they all went down, I was very concerned for their welfare because there’s substitution right away and I had to make sure that we were prepared for any eventuality.”

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