The legal tussle between Asante Kotoko and Esperance Football Club, with Emmanuel Clottey being the centre of controversy in all these issues, keeps churning out new twists on a daily basis as the Porcupines and the player in question seeks to set the record straight.
Kotoko’s wrongful signing of Clottey has led them to a hefty fine of $180,000 which has been duly paid to the Tunisian club last month.
Issues emanating indicates the Porcupines did not do due diligence prior to the signing of the former Berekum Chelsea forward, but has however denied making such comical errors and claimed they were rather deceived by the player.
Many find it difficult to decipher why a player under contract will intentionally and glaringly sign for another club.
But Clottey has shed light on how he ended up at Kotoko while under contract with Esperance football club.
“I had come to watch a game at Kumasi Baba Yara Sports Stadium when I was contacted by officials of Kotoko,” Clottey told Kumasi-based Fox FM.
“I was asked by Kotoko if I was a free agent, but I told them I wasn’t. I told Mr Opoku Nti and Alhaji Lamin,” he said.
“I had an injury during my loan season in Dubai, and got that matter I wasn’t even part of the Esperance squad for the start of the season, so I reported to my agent to ask for a return ticket.
“It was during that time Kotoko requested my signature to help them in the CAF Champions League. I gave them the contact of my agent to deal with. I didn’t hear from them again after giving them my agent’s contact.”
In another twist, an Accra High Court Financial Division Two on Wednesday quash a suit by Clottey against Kotoko to compel them to pay him his wages following a one-year ban he received from FIFA in 2015.
Meanwhile, the court has ordered the 30-year-old to pay Kotoko an amount of ¢5,000
By: Kofi Amoah