Ghana’s second transfer window opens in few days. It is a frantic period at the best of times, with clubs frenetically plunging into the transfer window in search of quick fixes to their cracks that have appeared since the commencement of the 2021/22 league season.
A lot of the clubs are reportedly busy in the market scouring for talents to beef up their squads. There are still some immensely talented footballers (others of dubious quality) still searching for clubs and there is the possibility that they could get back to the top as was the case seasons ago.
However, it’s not just new faces that clubs have to concentrate on, there’s also the pesky factor of tying down familiar faces to contracts beyond the expiration of their existing contracts.
Sometimes great players slip through this net, either ignored or unimpressed by the offers from their club, and thus become enticingly gratuitous opportunity for anyone to successfully negotiate.
Here are eight Asante Kotoko players reportedly in this situation. Their contracts with the club run out this year.
Ismail Abdul Ganiyu
Given his brilliant performances for Kotoko since he arrived from Karela United, the name of Abdul Ganiyu is one known by many at the club. The intelligent defender can be trusted to effectively organise a defence, thanks to his great aerial and tackling abilities.
He’s also able to drive forward his team with the ball from his own half, and create chances for his attacking teammates as a result and is currently one of the most important players at the club.
No one is more aware of this fact than Johnson Smith and it will therefore be fascinating to see what happens in the next few months.
This has been known for a while, with the club seemingly reticent to hand Emmanuel Gyamfi a new contract, and the winger harnessing similar feelings of disillusionment.
While a reconciliation is not beyond the realms of possibility, there’s been plenty of rumours surrounding a Gyamfi exit this May. An intriguing situation, given that Gyamfi is the vice-captain and one of the experienced players in the team.
Another favourite whose contract runs out this year. The versatile player is reportedly already in talks with Kotoko over a new contract, and it’s a move which makes a lot of sense.
He had a difficult start to his Kotoko career but has now grown to be a key cog in the Kotoko setup. He hasn’t managed to hold down a consistent position, playing at heart of defence, shielding the defence and was at a time handed a role at right-back.
But in his ever-changing role Habib Mohammed has still managed to become an important figure at the club.
His game time is limited. This has led to speculation regarding his future with the club, with a host of Ghanaian clubs vying for his signature.
The Guinean has been hampered with injury for much of his stay at the club, which is presumably why he is currently engaged in this contractual quagmire. What happens after October? Watch this space!
Having joined the Porcupine Warriors from lower-tier side Asokwa Deportivo in 2018 under the tutelage of Paa Kwesi Fabin, Osman had a torrid time convincing Kotoko of his quality and offered to be sent out on loan to acquaint himself with the exigencies of Ghana’s top-flight division.
He went there and excelled scoring as many goals as possible and earning a recall to Kotoko in the process. Not afforded the luxury of commanding a starting berth but he has been good with the few opportunities granted. His three-year deal with the club ends this year.
Just like Ibrahim Osman, Frimpong joined Kotoko from Bekwai Youth Football Academy. He was brought in primarily to take over the right-back position which was deemed the club’s weakness after the departure of Augustine Sefa.
He failed to replicate the form that courted Kotoko’s attention hence losing his place to Empem Dacosta. He was sent out loan at Karela last season and was recalled after his loan spell to complement the efforts of Christopher Nettey at right-back.
He’s made decent appearances so far in the league and even thrived when assigned a defensive midfield role. Is he leaving or staying?
Having to compete with the likes of Felix Annan, Razak Abalora, Kwame Baah and Osei Kwame for Kotoko’s number one is no mean task for the youngster.
As the first-choice goalkeeper for the Black Satellites (Ghana’s national U-20), there is no shortage of suitors for Danlad Ibrahim.
A host of clubs have been monitoring him and with regular minutes increasingly becoming hard to come by, a mad scramble for his signature is expected to ensue over the coming months.
Kotoko are understandably keen to keep hold of the young goalkeeper, but face a losing battle with his services.
With uncertainty surrounding his future at the club, speculation will only intensify over the coming months. After sojourns abroad, Okrah joined Kotoko with so much promise and right from the off, it was clear that he was going to be a wonderful piece of business.
Once a marauding winger and playmaker of exceptional quality, Augustine Okrah has become a little laid-back for the club. With a proposed move to RS Berkane hitting a snag, Okrah has rejoined his colleagues in camp.
No one knows if Kotoko will retain him when his contract expires in December.