Veteran midfielder Jordan Opoku has opened up on his move to Asante Kotoko – stating that it was through the recommendation of former captain Yussif Alhassan Chibsah.
Jordan Opoku joined Asante Kotoko in the 2006–2007 season after he had returned from a loan spell in Belgium with Royal Antwerp form his mother club, Feyenoord Rotterdam.
Chibsah moved to Asante Kotoko in 2003 from King Faisal and had a key midfielder role. With Kotoko, he met up with great moments as he played at the first CAF Confederation Cup in 2004 winning the silver medal as the runners up to Hearts of Oak and also in the CAF Champions League in 2006.
He left the Porcupines in 2006 to pursue a career abroad and through that according to Jordan Opoku recommended him to Kotoko as his replacement having watched him play on countless times and felt he was the best to fill the vacuum he was leaving.
“When I return to Ghana after my loan spell at Belgium with Royal Antwerp, I was asked to play a game for Fetteh Feyenoord against Tema Youth and I broke my hand in a challenge with Yahaya Mohammed,” he revealed in an interview with Television CK on Youtube.
“He [Yahaya] felt very bad but you can’t blame him because it’s part of the game. I should have returned to Belgium to sign a permanent contract with Antwerp but the injury spoiled everything so I had to treat it and that was when I signed for Kotoko when I was about 70% recovered.”
“My move to Kotoko was through Chibsah. Those times we used to train with the national U17 team back in senior high school and through the training where he developed some kind of likeness for me so when he was leaving Kotoko, he recommended me to the club as his replacement because he knew I was already in the country.”
The attacking midfielder on 31 January 2010 left Asante Kotoko and signed a four-month loan deal with Albanian side Dinamo Tirana.
In late January 2012, He signed with Ghana Premier League club Berekum Chelsea and re-signed for Asante Kotoko in 2013 where he played two seasons before a move abroad.
He rejoined Kotoko for the third time in 2018 before he was released after a year to join Berekum Chelsea.