Charles Kwabla Akonnor, the immediate past head coach of Ashantigold Sporting Club, has threatened to sue the CEO of the club, Frederick Acheampong, if he does not desist from peddling falsehood about him after leaving the club.
In a statement copied to the Daily Graphic yesterday, Akonnor stated that he might be forced to take legal action against Mr Acheampong if he did not stop discussing his private issues, including his salary, in the public domain.
“My attention has been drawn to several statements being peddled around by AshGold CEO, Mr Acheampong Frederick, after I agreed to part ways with the club. I wish to draw the attention of the CEO of the club to stay away from telling blatant lies about me aimed at tarnishing my image,” the statement read.
“His incessant discussion of my private issues, including my salaries, on public radio and other public platforms must cease since I am no longer his employee. My contract with the club before I left did not permit them to make my financial engagements public and I will entreat him to respect that and desist from discussing my private issues in public,” the statement added..
“Again, I wish to state that whether I was sacked or we parted ways, our marriage has broken up and we must accept it and move on instead of his consistent attempt to take me to the cleaners.
The football industry is a big one and so far as we continue to live by it, we are likely to meet again one day so it will be better for him to keep quiet about me before I am forced to slap him with any legal suit,” the statement concluded.
Though Ashgold are second on the Premier League table, the relationship between Akonnor and management turned sour after the club asked the assistant coach, Yakubu Mambo, to take charge of the team, while awaiting Coach Akonnor’s response to a query for failing to report to work a fortnight ago when the club resumed training.
Last Friday, the management finally terminated Akonnor’s contract but did not give any reasons for its action and tasked the technical director of the club, John Christiansen, to take charge of the club.
The ex-Ghana international joined Ashgold during the 2016/2017 league season and saved them from relegation after which he was offered a two-year contract to lead the Obuasi-based club in their 2017/2018 league campaign.