Hearts of Oak coach Samuel Boadu says he is looking to bridge the language gap with the Francophone contingent in his squad.
The Ghana Premier League has seen an increase in the influx of foreign players with quite a sizeable number unable to grasp at least the official lingua franca for the country – English.
Heading into the 2022/23 season, the Phobians – already with Nigerien Abdourahamane Mamane Lawali – added three more French-speaking players to their set-up – forwards Junior Kaaba (Cameroon) and Yassan Ouatching (Central African Republic) and young midfielder Linda Mtange Don from DR Congo.
Addressing pressmen ahead of their first home game of the season, an Accra derby with rivals Great Olympics, the Hearts of Oak admitted to difficulty in communicating with his charges from the francophone region.
“The foreign players are all good. But the problem I am having is the language barrier.
“I don’t understand the French language and they don’t understand English too so giving them directives is very difficult. But I think with time, we will be able to cope and the team will flourish,” Boadu stated Thursday.
Linda Mtange could be in line for his league debut on Sunday at the Accra Sports Stadium while Yassan Ouatching and Junior Kaaba made theirs in Hearts of Oak’s opening day defeat to Aduana FC at Dormaa.