Former Kumasi Asante Kotoko midfielder, Maxwell Baakoh has revealed the secret behind his exit from the Ghanaian giants.
Ahead of the start of the 2020/2021 football season, officials of the Porcupine Warriors club tried to tie the exciting midfielder down to a new contract but talks with the player’s representatives never proved fruitful.
After leaving the current Ghanaian champions, Maxwell Baakoh took the club to the Players and Coaches Status Committee to seek justice for unpaid signing-on payments.
However, they were ordered by the Ghana Football Association to pay the 27-year-old player Gh25,000 which is equivalent to UDS $4,325.
While many people and the supporters of the club have blasted the midfielder after leaving the club, the player himself has finally revealed the secret behind his exit.
“They wanted to give me something less than what I was taking to extend my contract two days before the deadline day. What they did was unprofessional.
“Before that, I was receiving 2000 cedis every month with a signing-on fee of 25,000. I didn’t want to take something less than what I was receiving. We are moving forward in life but not backward.
“The then coaches [Maxwell Konadu and Johnson Smith] all came in and wanted me to stay. Our team manager Ohene Brenyah stepped in and I explained everything to him. Nana Yaw Amponsah also called me during our pre-season in Koforidua but I informed him to call my agent, Yusif Chibsah. He decided not to do it but asked for a document showing why he is my agent.
“What they were doing was unprofessional. They never gave me a contract extension with a huge offer which I declined. There’s no truth about that.
“It’s a whole lot. I was even sacked from the hotel after we had returned from our pre-season in Koforidua. I didn’t want to talk about this issue but this is the right time for me to talk,” the 27-year-old midfielder said in an interview with Ghanasportspage.com.
Maxwell Baako has featured for Egyptian side Ceramica Cleopatra, Al Madina FC and Jordanian side Sahab Sporting Club since he left Asante Kotoko.
Before his move to the North African country, Baako was impressive at Asante Kotoko. He helped the Ghanaian giants reached the knockout phase of the CAF Confederation Cup in 2019.
Enjoy Maxwell’s interview with China-based Ghanaian journalist, Tawiah Martin, K-Tee as known in the Media fraternity:
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