Three Top Clubs Chase Osei Boateng
……..AS HE JETS HOME ON SATURDAY With less than five weeks for his one year ban to be lifted, former Kumasi Asante Kotoko number one goalkeeper, Osei Boateng has become a hot commodity for three top Premier League Clubs as they have shown interest in his services,writes Ekow omagbemi Arthur.
In a chat with Osei Boateng who is currently in the United Kingdom, he revealed that he has received phone calls from officials of three top clubs in the country but he hasn't made up his mind as to which team he will be joining.
Osei Boateng who will be arriving in Ghana on Saturday morning with Ghana Airways stated that he will take a final decision when he gets to Accra and the club that comes forward with the good offer will win his signature.
He mentioned that although he hasn't made a decision yet it looks like Obuasi Goldfields might get his services.
Quizzed to name the three clubs, Boateng said he is in talks with them so he can't mention the clubs now.
Asked if whether Kumasi Asante Kotoko should come forward with a good offer he will accept and go back, the agile goalkeeper stated that despite the way he was treated by the IMC he still loves Kotoko and he doesn't mind going back to play for them if only he thinks the offer is better than what the other clubs will be offering him. “I don't even mind joining Heart of Lions if they come forward with a good offer”, he opined.
The former Kumasi Asante Kotoko goal tender has been in the UK for close to ten months now and has been playing for Griff F/C a non-league club in Nanuton near Coventry. He has been the number one goalkeeper for the Nanuton club which is currently lying first on the Midland League table.
Osei Boateng disclosed that he has learnt a lot ever since he joined Griff F/C and he believes he is in top shape for the 2004 Premier League.
He played his last match for Griff F/C last Saturday and they won by two goals to nil. After the game a big send off party was held in his honour by the Officials and players of the club.
Meanwhile he said he will like to thank all those who supported him during his ban and wants to assure his fans that they will be seeing a different Osei Boateng in the 2004 Premier League.
It will be recalled that Osei Boateng was banned in January last year by the GFA for one year for an incident during a league game between Power F/C and Kotoko at Koforidua in 2002 but a stay of execution pending appeal enabled him to stay in action till April when the Appeals Committee of the GFA upheld the earlier decision of the Disciplinary Committee.
Until his suspension Osei Boateng who was the number one goalkeeper for kotoko fell out with the recently dissolved Sylvester Asare's Interim Management Committee of the club over differences arising out of his contract extension and the IMC subsequently put him on transfer and he decided to leave for the uk.