A highly delighted Sergio Daniel Moniz Traguil has promised to introduce the ‘tiki taka’ style of play at Hearts of Oak following his unveiling as ‘acting’ head coach of the club.
The Portuguese was unveiled at the club’s secretariat on Thursday afternoon. In attendance was board chairman Frank Nelson, team manager Sarban Quaye and Strategy Committee Chairman Vincent Odotei Sowah.
Traguil initially arrived to take charge of the club’s youth system but has had to take over from head coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi, who subsequently mutually terminated his contract with the club after nine months into his 2-year contract.
“I’m happy because Hearts of Oak is the biggest club in Africa.
“It will be a very good challenge for me to develop the youth team and try and make them the biggest brand in Africa in youth football, so the main team can benefit from the youth team – because almost all European teams work like this.
“Africa is supposed to work that way, not only sign players and spend money for nothing. We have to benefit from our own youth system. But to do that we have to start and build, [with] all efforts in Phobia working together,” Sergio said at the unveiling.
He added that he is overwhelmed by the support given to him by the supporters after he was appointed as Hearts coach but quickly added that without them he is nothing.
“Thank God I already have a name in Africa, Nigeria but I never expected so much love from the Phobians. I never expected hundreds of messages. I spent three days answering questions facebook because I don’t want to disappoint everybody because I know what it means being a supporter.”
Sergio also touched on his style of play, which will be a replica of how Spanish giant Barcelona plays in Europe.
“My methodology is a little bit different [that] I’m looking to bring to Phobia. People say I’m the new Mourinho but I don’t have the same methodology, very different. I’m more close to Pep Guardiola because I love ‘Tiki Taka’ style of play. That is the style of play I love to bring here. So definitely we will use ‘Tiki Taka’ and we will play it,” he explained.
It is likely the Portuguese will be at the team’s bench as Hearts takes on Dreams FC at the Accra Sports Stadium this weekend.