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25.08.2004 Football News

Coach Afranie Fired!

By Raymond
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Brong Ahafo United has dispensed with the services of coach Emmanuel Kwasi Afranie following a letter he wrote to the Interim Management Committee demanding his five months salary arrears.

But the coach expressed surprise at his sack in an interview with the media because "no official of the club has written to me personally but rather, I heard the issue being discussed on a local Sunyani radio station on Wednesday."

He said he was shocked because he thought the issue could have been discussed and an agreement reached between him and the club officials.

The former national coach took over as technical head of the Sunyani club at the start of the current soccer season but has had a turbulent time due to factionalism between allies of former Chief Executive Officer, George Arthur and the current administration over ownership.

Afranie claimed he had received just a month's salary during the tenure of George Arthur, but ever since the former CEO left, he had been without any other remuneration despite a cumulative six-month duty tour.

He murmured over his predicament, which included having to fuel his personal car to perform official duties.

The coach said he was not so bothered about his sack but was concerned about the welfare of the players, most of whom have not received a dime since they were signed on, but had remained loyal to B.A. due to persistent persuasion by him.

Subsequently, the coach felt let down and disappointed for not being able to fulfill the promises he had made to the boys.

The coach said the players had also not received their monthly salaries plus winning bonuses for some time and the situation had greatly affected the morale in camp, a situation, which partly accounted for the dismal performance of the team in the suspended premier league and the GHALCA knockout competition.

The Patrons of the club appointed Coach Afranie six months ago, not only as a coach, but also as a General Manager.

Unfortunately, his employers have fail to respect the agreement he signed with them and he has threatened to report the matter to the Ghana Football Association for redress if nothing was heard from United.