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10.05.2005 Sports News

Tussle Over Keeper Sulemana Continues

By Graphic

GOALKEEPER Sulemana Abubakar says he has not returned to ECG-owned Power FC as is being reported by some newspapers.

Abubakar, who seems to be at a crossroads at the moment, says by the end of this week, he will make a final decision as to whether to remain with Hearts or return to his team, Power.

The goalkeeper has not featured for either team since the commencement of the premiership some four weeks ago. According to him, Hearts had paid half of his transfer fee and could only secure his card, which is currently with Power FC, after the outstanding amount had been paid.

One other reason accounting for his team's reluctance to release him is the fact that certain accrued debts owed them by Hearts remain unpaid. These include the remaining ¢50 million from goalkeeper Saanie Mohammed's transfer and the other half of Abubakar's amount.

In an interview with Graphic yesterday, Mr Adotey, Chairman of Power FC, stated categorically that until Hearts negotiated properly with them over the player's transfer, his card would remain with Power.

“Sulemana has not reported at training and I believe he is delaying in the hope of a timely intervention by Hearts so he can play for them”, he said.

He also disclosed that the management of Hearts have not approached him to date.

The goalkeeper, in an interview with Graphic, said whether or not he decides to stay with Hearts was his prerogative.

He also lashed at some private sports newspapers for what he described as a deliberate attempt to drag his name in the mud.

Abubakar Sulemana played for the defending league champions in the last edition of the the Coca-Cola Top 4 competition and won the hearts of the teeming fans with his brilliant performance.

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