Kumasi Asante Kotoko midfielder Prince Acquah has quashed media reports that the club has released him as he has fallen out of favour with the Kjetil Zachariassen side.
The former Heart of Lions star joined Asante Kotoko in December 2016 on a three years contract, after impressing for the club during the then GHALCA Top 6 (G6) tournament. Prince Acquah along with Isaac Quansah under the then acting coach Michael Osei, signed for Kotoko before featuring in the G6 tournament, and the club made official announcement after which Croatian trainer Zdravko Lugarusic was appointed head coach of the club.
Acquah has been a pivotal figure for Kotoko for the past two seasons, playing for the club in the 2017/2018 CAF Confederations Cup, the truncated Zylofon Cash Premier League under coach Finish coach Steve Pollar, as well as the recent Normalization Committee Special Committee tier 1 and two which secured Kotoko qualification to the 2019/2020 CAF Champions League after beating Aiyinase based Karela United in the final to win the tier 1.
However, the Porcupine Warriors did not register Acquah for the Champions League campaign this season, making him lack playing time under new coach Kjetil Zachariassen.
There were numerous reports in the media on Tuesday that Asante Kotoko have released the potent midfielder, but the player has debunked the reports as he emphasised that he is still a Kotoko player.
“It’s not true, I’m here, just that my contract is almost due but they’ve not said anything like that”, Prince Acquah clarified, speaking to foxfmonline.com. “Nobody has said anything to me, I’m training, officially nobody has told me anything so it’s not true, still I’m a Kotoko player”, he stressed.
Asked whether his representatives have spoken to the club about his future, Prince Acquah said not yet as he doesn’t want to disrupt the club’s continental campaign but waiting to hear from the club at their own appropriate time.
“We’ve not told them (Kotoko) anything I was looking up to them, you know I’m also not part of the Africa and for now all the concentration is on the Africa (Champions league campaign) that’s why I haven’t spoken to them”, he said.
Per calculations, Prince Acquah has barely three months contract left with Kotoko and is free to speak to any club of his choice per FIFA regulations. Officially Kotoko have remained silent regarding the player’s future, but realistically, the player has a slimmer chance of being offered a new deal after expiration of his initial three years deal.