No Barca invite for Inkoom

1st August 2008

By: Jerome Otchere

Chairman Sylvester Asare-Owusu has stated categorically that Kotoko has not received any letter inviting intelligent defender Samuel Inkoom for trials with Spanish giants Barcelona.

Sylvester Asare-Owusu has told Kotoko Express that no club has shown interest in any member of the Kotoko team saying, “We want people to note that point carefully. Nobody has come forward for any of our players. And it should be understood that we would not release our players just like that” Sylvester stated.

Some media reports earlier this week had it that Samuel Inkoom who played an instrumental role in Kotoko’s success story this season has been invited by Barcelona for a two-week trial which could possibly lead to his transfer from Kotoko.

Interestingly, other reports even suggested that Samuel Inkoom was being invited only for medical and fitness tests and that he would be signed on by the Team ‘B’ of Barcelona if he passed the test.

Sylvester Asare-Owusu says management has not received any letter demanding the release of the former Hasaacas player. “The reports are all false! Barcelona is a highly professional club. If they have interest in our player they will write to us officially. We have not received anything” he maintained.

The chairman expressed great worry about the manner in which some people have been going about claiming to have secured lucrative contracts abroad for some Kotoko players saying those ‘false claims’ were meant to destabilise the concentration and focus of the players.

The chairman stated categorically that Kotoko would neither deal with ‘fake agents’ nor groups or individuals who contact players to tell them of supposed lucrative contracts before approaching management.

He reiterated that management would not hinder the movement or transfer of any player but, “If the right thing is done or the conditions we set are properly met, then we would be ready but not in situations where people want to disrespect us”.

Ever since the curtains were drawn on the 2007/2008 Onetouch Premier League, there have been varying reports on the transfer of some Kotoko players notably Eric Bekoe who some media reports said was being chased by Hertha Berlin of Germany, Athletico Madrid of Spain and Tottenham Hotspurs of England.

But just like in the case of Samuel Inkoom, none of these clubs have written to management seeking the release of the striker.