A pledge by Ghana Football Association Chairman, Dr N. Nyaho-Tamakloe to bring sanity into the domestic player transfer market is set to be put to test following a refusal by the FA boss to release to Accra Harts of Oak an International Transfer Certificate (ITC) to complete the transfer of goalkeeper Sammy Adjei to Tunisian side, Club Africain.
Investigations by the Graphic Sports have revealed that the FA boss is refusing to buckle under pressure from Hearts for him to sign Adjei's ITC, until the Phobians have fully paid the football controlling body its 10 per cent share of the $150,000 transfer fee. The issuance of the ITC would finalise the deal transferring the national goalkeeper to the Tunisian outfit.
In fact, Graphic Sports has laid hands on correspondence between Hearts and the GFA, in which Hearts have stated the amount of money involved in the deal and the conditions under which Club Africain will pay the $150,000 transfer fee.In their request for an ITC backdated to August 1, 2004, Hearts indicated that 50 per cent of the transfer fee ($75,000) will be payable by the Tunisian club upon the receipt of the ITC, with the remaining $75,000 payable by December 1, 2004.
Hearts also stated that they have instructed Club Africain to transfer into the FA's accounts an amount of $7,500, being their 10 per cent share of the first instalment of $75,000.However, information available to this paper indicates that Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe, himself a former Chairman of Hearts, has adopted an uncompromising position to the club's request, insisting that he would accept nothing short of $15,000 — the FA's share for training and development — before releasing.