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14.11.2008 Football News

Bashiru Hayford rejects Kotoko offer

By myjoyonline
Bashiru Hayford rejects Kotoko offer

Former Asante Kotoko coach Bashiru Hayford has turned down an offer to become an assistant to new coach Maurice Coleman at the club.

Hayford was replaced by the former Enyimba coach on Tuesday after handling the club for a season where he won the league title.

He also guided the team to the group stage of the Caf Confederation Cup although they failed to progress to the finals.

"If you read the press release, you realize that it said the coach was offering me an opportunity be his assistant and not the club which I think is very funny," Hayford said.

“I was given two days to think about it and I have finally taken that decision," he added. It simply means my services are not needed and they fed-up with me so I have decided to ask for a pay-off.”

Hayford who has three months left on his contract said the club owes him bonuses of six league matches, two confederation cup matches and four Top Tour games.

" I have to move on and try and build myself elsewhere but what is painful is that you have to start all over again"

The Premier League's best coach of the year said he felt bitter about the turn of event and his ability to accomplish his dreams for the team.

“The target that I am seeing as an unfinished business was that I should prepare a team and go for Champions League; now after preparing a team and qualifying for the Champions League they say you don't qualify to lead them because you don't have the experience.

That is the worry I have,” he explained.

“I think that is the only regretful moment and not my dismissal,” he said, “experience they say are gathered not bought, so I have gathered enough experience by facing a number of issues and situation. Learning can be both positive and negative but I have learnt a lot so that will propel me.”

Hayford has coached Premier League side Heart of Lions and was one-time head coach of the national Under-17 team but lost his place due to a Caf ban.

Credit: Joy Online and Ghanasoccernet