World football governing body, FIFA has
closed its file on the issues relating to player, Kwame Bonsu, Asante
Kotoko and Esperance.
In a letter dated May 4, 2020 and signed
by Head of Players’ Status at FIFA, Erika Montemor Ferreira; FIFA said
it would “proceed to the closure of the file” after the amicable
agreement between the two clubs.
FIFA’s correspondence came two days
after it received a communication from Closemarking Consult, the firm
that aided Kotoko in the matter, explaining that the two clubs have
successfully resolved the issue.
Esperance had earlier delayed in paying
Bonsu’s transfer fee in view of the unresolved issues around the signing
of Emmanuel Clottey. Kotoko would subsequently be fined US$240,000 by
FIFA with the breakdown as follows – transfer fee US$180,000; accrued
interest, US$45,000 and legal charges – US$15,000.
A pact was however reached between
Kotoko and Esperance to waive the US$45,000 accrued interest; US$150,000
being Bonsu transfer fee paid as part payment to offset the US$180,000
debt with the remaining US$30,000 rather paid by Kotoko.
With the necessary payments thus made and acknowledged by Esperance and FIFA, Kotoko now have a clean bill of health and would suffer no transfer ban in consequence.