There is uneasy calm in the camp of AshantiGold following the decision of the club’s management to register former Kumasi Asante Kotoko striker Sadick Adams last weekend.
Kotoko, in a statement on their Twitter handle, confirmed they had transferred their striker to their regional rivals after the Porcupine Warriors surprisingly transfer-listed their last season top scorer who had played just one game this season after battling with an injury since inspiring the club to win the MTN FA Cup final with a hat-trick against Accra Hearts of Oak last October.
"We wish to formally announce the transfer of Sadick Adams to Ashgold SC. We're grateful for his services and wish him the very best in his new club," read the statement.
However, the striker’s return to his former club has not been greeted with joy at the Len Clay stadium as would have been expected. A source close to the club revealed that the decision to sign the player did not receive the overwhelming endorsement of the technical handlers of Ashgold.
According to the source, Ashgold president, Dr Kweku Frimpong, famously known as 'Champion', who also happens to be the godfather of Adams, impose the player on the club after failing in his attempts to broker peace between Adams and Kotoko.
It remains unclear how Ashgold head coach, Charles Akonnor, would factor Adams in his plans, having previously told the Graphic Sports that the onetime Atletico Madrid youth player’s style of play was not suitable for his tactics.
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Akonnor declined comment on the issue when he was contacted by the Graphic Sports.
In an interview with the Graphic Sports yesterday, Dr Frimpong confirmed the recruitment of Adams, adding that the player might not even complete the season at Ashgold as a Libyan top club had formally requested for his services.
He refused to disclose the identity of the Libyan club but insisted Adam would leave for Libya as soon as negotiations were complete.
"I don't think bringing Adams to Ashgold should be a problem. He is a good player and I still believe he has a lot to offer but it's unfortunate that things have got this way.
"We have recruited him but it is possible he will not be here for long because a Libyan club has written to him seeking his services," revealed the Ashgold president.
On his earlier attempt to broker peace between Adams and Kotoko, Dr Frimpong said: "I tried my best. I spoke with the chief executive of the club [Kotoko] and others but they refused to take him back."