Ghanaian defender, Abdul Ganiu Ismael has finally disclosed why he left Asante Kotoko after four years.
The experienced defender terminated his contract with the Porcupine Warriors at the end of the 2022/23 football season after helping the club to emerge as the champions of the Ghana Premier League.
The 26-year-old Ghanaian international was named the captain and has his contract extended for two years before the start of the 2021/22 campaign. However, after playing one out of two, he decided to leave the club.
Ganiu appeared to have fallen out with the management of the club and was stripped of the captaincy.
He was also dropped from the squad for their pre-season in Sudan.
But Ganiu has disclosed that he never had a problem with the club but decided to leave for a new challenge.
“I wanted to face a new challenge but I don’t have a problem with Asante Kotoko. I just want to move on to a new challenge. I never had a problem with Kotoko,” the defender stated in an exclusive interview with Ghanasportspage.com.
Ganiu added: “The fans of the club should forgive me because I can’t disclose all the issues. We can’t destroy the club. They should forgive me because we can still work together again. There’s no truth about whatever they said concerning my departure. I don’t have a problem with the club but they should forgive me because of how I left.”
After leaving the Ghanaian giants, the highly-rated defender signed a year deal with Al-Talaba in September 2022 but parted ways with the Iraqi side in January to join Congolese giants, TP Mazembe.
He currently plays as a centre-back for the Baba Boys.
Listen to Abdul-Ganiu’s interview with China-based sports Journalist, Tawiah Martin [Ktee]:
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