Cobbina to return to Hearts - As Denmark deal collapses

BY: Beatrice Laryea
Accra Hearts of Oak midfielder Winful Kwaku Cobbina
Accra Hearts of Oak midfielder Winful Kwaku Cobbina

Accra Hearts of Oak midfielder Winful Kwaku Cobbina says he would return to Ghana tomorrow to join his teammates prepare for the forthcoming Premier League season following the collapse of a move to Danish side, Viborg FF.

Cobbina, 26, was in Denmark for trials ahead of a move but negotiations with the club broke down at the 11th hour due to what the player described as unfavourable terms offered by the Danes.

The player, who has one more year of on his contract with Hearts said, he wants to concentrate on his career with the Phobians as they prepare for the StarTimes FA Gala and the Premier League which commences next month. Nonetheless, he hopes to be second time lucky in his pursuit of a professional career in Europe in future.

“They wanted to give me just one year contract and the money they are giving me is not good at all so the negotiations didn’t go well. I can’t tell you the exact amount but what I can say is that if I take out my taxes, what will be left is very little and it’s not enough to take care of me,” he told the Graphic Sports yesterday.

“I am not bothered one bit about it because I believe there will be better offers in the future. I will return to Ghana, hopefully Saturday to join my team mates.”

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Responding to media speculations that he had failed medicals at Viborg, Cobbina expressed shock at the information. “Am I sick to fail medicals? Please I never failed any medicals, it was the negotiations that didn’t go well.”

“According to them [Viborg FF officials], I impressed during the trials so I would have felt bad if I failed medicals. We didn’t even do medicals because they wanted me to go to Spain to do it there but the negotiations didn’t go through so I didn’t go for the medicals,” he explained.

But for the failed negotiations Cobbina would have been the next big star to leave Hearts after Kwame Kizito and Thomas Abbey who joined Libya league champions, Al Ittihad and Ismaily SC of Egypt respectively.
Centre-back Vincent Atinga is also out of contract and reportedly club-hunting in Malaysia.