Hearts of Oak Striker Hamza Issah Compared to Brazil Legend Romario By Dutch Coach Martin Koopman

Hearts of Oak Striker Hamza Issah Compared to Brazil Legend Romario By Dutch Coach Martin Koopman

Lukman Mumuni
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Hearts of Oak coach Martin Koopman has praised striker Hamza Issah
  • The Dutch coach sees similarities between the player and Brazil legend Romario
  • Issah was on target as the Phobians beat Medeama in midweek

Accra Hearts of Oak coach, Martin Koopman has drawn similarities between young striker, Hamza Issah, and Brazil's legendary forward Romario.

The Hearts of Oak forward has been in fine form, scoring in the last two games as the Phobians secured a 1-1 draw at Bibiani GoldStars and a 3-1 win against champions Medeama SC.

The diminutive attacker has suddenly become the fans favourite after helping end the club's winless run in five matches.

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Hamza Issah celebrating after Hearts of Oak's win during pre-season. @HeartsOfOakGH Getty Images
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Meanwhile, coach Koopman, who can finally breathe a sigh of relief after earning his second win of the season, praised the youngster's display.

"It was a pity that Hamza was sick at half-time. He had a lot of problems with his stomach, every time [he went to] the toilet," the Hearts coach said after the match, as quoted by pulse.com.
"I asked 'Where is Hamza?' Again, he was on the toilet so I needed to change him. But you see the quality of Hamza, he has something from Romario, low on the ground, [and] turns very fast. I like him very much."

Romario helped Brazil win the 1994 World Cup and enjoyed a stellar career during his playing days in Spain with FC Barcelona, per transfermarkt.

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Hearts fans console distraught Kotoko supporter

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that a group of Hearts fans consoled a Kotoko supporter after their victory in the President Cup game.

Konadu Yiadom scored the only goal as the Phobians beat their sworn rivals, also collecting all three points in the game which served as a league match too.

For the second year running, Hearts of Oak have won the President Cup at the expense of the Porcupine Warriors.

Hearts striker Barnieh joins FC Zurich

Sports Brief also reported that Black Stars forward Daniel Afriyie Barnieh has completed his move from Ghanaian giants Hearts of Oak to FC Zurich in Switzerland.

The 21-year-old signed a three-year deal to join the Swiss topflight side in the winter transfer window.

The World Cup squad member is currently with the Black Galaxies team in Algeria and will join his new club after the Championship of African Nations, a tournament reserved for players plying their trades in the domestic leagues.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.