'Abbey worth more than $30,000'

Author: Beatrice Laryea
Thomas Abbey leads his team mates at training during his days at Ismaily SC

Thomas Abbey, former captain of Accra Hearts of Oak, has rejected an offer worth $30,000 and other incentives from Israeli Second Tier club, Hapoel Petah Tikvah, with his representative claiming the midfielder was much more than the amount on offer.

The Israeli Leumit League side, in expressing interest in Abbey, had  offered a season’s contract worth $30,000, free accommodation and a car, subject to the player passing medicals on arrival at the club.  The club also gave the player and his representatives an ultimatum to respond to the offer by close of day Friday, August 17 or lose the deal.

However, Abbey’s representative in Israel, who only gave his name as Hans, rejected the offer tagging it “too small for his client”. 

Instead, the representative made a request for $65,000 which was rejected by the club to bring an abrupt end to the unproductive negotiations.

Abbey, who earlier confirmed his interest to join the club, told the Graphic Sports he rejected the deal because the offer was not good enough.

A letter addressed to the player, which the Graphic Sports chanced upon read: “On behalf of Hapoel Petach Tikva we wish to draw up the principal terms we will be willing to offer you in the framework of a comprehensive agreement to be signed between the parties should the head coach of the club give his approval and should you successfully pass the team doctor’s medical and physical checkups to be conducted in Israel,” the letter read.

“Basic salary of $30,000 for the season 2018/2019; the club will bear the cost of a shared rental apartment; cost of a shared rental car and cost of round trip flight ticket from Ghana,” the letter further stated.

The 24-year-old midfielder recently returned to Ghana after a short stint with Egyptian club Ismaily SC after his contract was mutually terminated.