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15.01.2009 Football News

Affum flies out…For Mareikh deal

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum - Ghanaian Chronicle
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Tema Youth's gifted forward, Edward “Bonto” Affum left the country yesterday, confident of making a mark in the Sudanese league for a contract with Sudan's El-Mereikh.

“I think I'm ripe for a 'big league soccer' and have purposed to use this opportunity as a springboard to launch my football career farther,” said the striker on telephone, before his departure.

The young dread-locked striker is leading the goal king race with five goals after six games, one goal ahead of Hearts of Oak's Eric Gawu.

Affum has promised to leave good footprints in the Sudanese league by hitting the back of the net regularly as he did in the Glo Premiership.

His departure will certainly create a vacuum in the Tema Youth set up, but their dynamic Coach Isaac Opeele Boateng has come out to allay the fears of the fans about the striker's departure.

For Coach Opeele, the 18-year-old striker's departure will have little impact on the team, taking into account the availability of his first choice striker.

In a radio interview on Happy FM, an Accra based radio Station, Opeele noted that he has a first choice striker who is injured, but responding to treatment and will return to the turf very soon.

“It's unfortunate Affum is leaving at a time he has grown into a full blown striker, however, all is good, it's an opportunity for him to encounter bigger challenges, after all when he excels, I will be one of the people who will take the credit.”

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