Former Liberty Professionals hero Kennedy Ashia has revealed why he snubbed Ghanaian elites including Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak.
Ashia was a key player for the premier league giants in 2013 and established himself as one of the best midfielders on the local scene. He is known for linking the play between defence and attack.
The 25-year-old was heavily linked with a move to the two glamourous clubs in the country in 2016 before his loan move to Norwegian side SK Brann where he failed to land a permanent deal. However, he snubbed the chance in order to avoid hatred should he choose one of them.
“I can say in 2013 when I was with the national under 20, most of the top clubs in Ghana including Kotoko and Hearts spoke to me but a move didn’t happen. In 2015, after my loan stint in Norway, I came back to Ghana and I was approached again by the two top clubs but unfortunately, I had to turn them down in a favour of a move abroad,” he told Don Summer on Youtube’s streaming platform.
“The reason I didn’t sign for any of them was something that had happened to some old players who were heavily chased by Kotoko and Hearts. When you choose to play for one team, the other turn to hate you because of the rivalry between them so I didn’t want to encounter that hence the snub, I always prayed to God to move abroad and not to sign for any of the two in order to prevent any form of despise by either Kotoko or Hearts fans,” he ended.
The former Ghana U20 attacking midfielder has had short stints with Al Hilal Omdurman in Sudan and AC Tripoli in Lebanon.
Ashia played for Sidama Coffee in the 2017/2018 season in the Ethiopian top-flight before heading to Welwalo Adigrat University FC where he was recently released.