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10.11.2008 Football News

Herbert Flexes Muscles Over Release Of Top Striker To Kotoko

Asante Kotoko's desire to sign on Alex Asamoah has met a staggering demand from Ashantigold, who have asked for GH¢45,000 (¢450 million), three players and some other financial considerations for the release of the striker.

Ashantigold, now under a management headed by former Kotoko boss, Herbert Mensah, are demanding Kwame Obeng Darko, David Sarkodie and Ahmed Nyame, in addition to the nearly $45,000.

Besides these, Ashantigold have asked for two special games between the two sides to raise additional funds, with the Obuasi-based club entitled to 70 per cent of the gate proceeds.

Impeccable sources have revealed to the Graphic Sports that these demands formed a counter-proposal by Ashantigold, upon Kotoko's request for the player's signature.

With player registration for the Premier League ending at 5 p.m. today, the bargain has become difficult for Kotoko who are seeking a potential replacement for goalking Eric Bekoe who has begun trials in Europe for a possible move.

Kotoko officials, including chief executive Sylvester Asare Owusu, refused to comment on the subject except to confirm their interest in Asamoah.

The player's profile has shot up again suddenly following the entry of Herbert Mensah when his company, Fortia Limited, purchased Ashantigold less than two months back.

Indeed, he was a big target for Hearts of Oak's rebuilding efforts until the club's financial constraints undid their plans.

For a club whose financial power has been invigorated by the $1 million sponsorship from telecomunication outfit, tiGo, Kotoko do not lack the resources to grab the former top scorer in the Ghanaian league. Yet, the proposal from Ashantigold appears scary enough to shake off the Porcupine Warriors' interest.

Investigations have revealed that the Ashantigold asking price has become a source of worry over the actions of Herbert who once pumped the adrenaline of Kotoko's mass following into action.

The Graphic Sports could not reach Herbert either in person or through his aides for his comments.

Story by Michael Quaye

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