Accra Hearts of Oak defensive midfielder Leonard Tawiah has thanked Frank Nuttall for giving him the opportunity to play, adding that the Scot is the reason behind his top form.

The combative midfielder picked up a double award in the last game against Liberty Professionals, winning the official NASCO man-of-the-match and the club’s maiden FERO MOBILE man-of-the-match award after exhibiting his best performance of the season yet-far.

Tawiah has played in the last seven games of the club having been on the sideline from the previous 11 games of the club but he was at his exhilarating best in the 3-0 win over Liberty and was superb once again in the draw with the Dansoman-based side last Sunday.

“I am grateful to coach Frank Nuttall for the opportunity he has given me,” the soft-spoken midfielder told Accraheartsofoaksc.com.

“I was not involved at the beginning but I kept working hard waiting for my opportunity. Coach Nuttall gave me the chance against Sporting Mirren and I was happy when he put me back in against Bolgatanga Stars. 

“Coach gave me a lot of confidence because he trusted in me and all I had to do was to pay back the trust on the field of play. I am forever grateful to him for giving me the chance and I will always thank him for believing in me.

“We are still working as a team. We have not reached or hit top form but we are working towards that; the technical team having been doing great work on us and the fans have to be patient because we will hit top form soon.”

Hearts will play as guests of WAFA on Sunday at the SogakopeStadium where they were beaten last season. But Tawiah is confident the team will fight to the very end to get something out of the game.

“We are working and we know it is not going to be easy in Sogakope,” Tawiah continued. “We drew with Liberty Professionals but that game is behind us and we are already focused for the next game. We were disappointed not to pick all three points against Liberty but we will continue to fight to the last minute against WAFA. We know when we put in the effort,we will get the reward so we are not going to WAFA as underdogs or anything.”