Coach Bashiru Hayford contributed to my failed move to Kotoko - Kofi Abanga reveals

Published on: 08 August 2019

Former Accra Hearts of Oak midfielder, Kofi Abanga has revealed that Coach Bashiru Hayford is the reason behind his failed move to Kumasi Asante Kotoko.

Abanga came close to joining the Porcupine Warriors when he was at his peak as a player but for some reason ended up joining the Phobians.

In a revelation in a recent interview, the attacker has disclosed that former coach for Kotoko Bashiru Hayford contributed to his failed transfer to the club.

According to him, the gaffer’s attitude towards him when he was introduced as a new recruit gave him second thoughts and was a contributing factor that led to him joining Hearts.

In an interview with Don Summer One, Kofi Abanga narrated, “I was with Edmund and Stephen Oduro but when I arrived at Kotoko, the coach who made me fell unwanted was Bashiru Hayford”.

“He is the reason I did not sign for Asante Kotoko. I wasn't happy at all, when he first met me, the way he approached me it was obvious he didn't want me at the club”.

“Chairman came with me at the training grounds to introduce me to Bashiru Hayford, and at the point, the words that came out of the coach's mouth were, ‘I know Abanga, this boy is the one you guys are treating like Maradona.' And I heard it”.

“He was the assistant coach of Sellas Tetteh when we were at the Ghana U-17 team, so he knew and when I heard he was at Kotoko I was happy but his comments and the way he treated me gave me a change of mind”.

Having joined Hearts of Oak though, the player could not live up the hype that surrounded his move.