By Yaw Frempong Ampomah
Champions Asante Kotoko would probably have wished that striker Sulley Mohammed never caught their eye in the first place to end up as a target or that he was a registered property of any other club than Kumasi King Faisal all in an attempt to escape any engagement with club owner, Alhaji Karim Grusah in a player negotiation session. Too bad the legendary club administrator has a magic eye for good talents; the kind a certain Kotoko would be attracted to sooner than later.
With the first informal enquiry of the player's availability getting shot down in an attempt to make all interest in him die a premature death, through the rejection of a formal request with a "Not currently available at any price" response line, to the reported telephone conversations between Kotoko kingpins like Mr. Kennedy Agyapong and the tough Alhaji Grusah all to no desired result, very few within the Kotoko fraternity if any, would still harbour dreams of seeing the current top scorer in the Ghana Premier league feature for the Porcupine warriors. Not in the nearest future at least.
This may come as a little surprise because reports suggest that one too many stalled and unsuccessful transfers in the past involving Kotoko players who were primed to join King Faisal were thought of as deliberate by the "Insha Allah" family. This coupled with delays in honouring payments in past agreements, some of which have had to be settled by Kotoko's owner and Ashanti king Otumfour Osei-Tutu, have all contributed to altering Alhaji Grusah's willingness to do business with his city rival.
That notwithstanding, credible sources reveal that Asante Kotoko, who are bent on bringing the player to Adako Jachie at all cost, are prepared to involve the revered King once again if that will break Alhaji Grusah's resolve to keep his most priced asset.
Kotoko however, appear to have a back-up plan in the likely event of missing out on Sulley Mohammed. One of the following; a certain unnamed Bechem United striker, Senegal's Tally N'diaye or Benin's
Souanon Fadel (the last two being players
spotted in the just ended WAFU tournament) are being pursued.