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Kotoko management member reveals why Jean Vital deal failed to materialise

Kumasi Asante Kotoko management member Edmund Ackah has explained the club’s inability to grab Karla FC midfielder Jean Vital insisting it was nothing financial.

Allah boastfully reveals the Porcupine Warriors were ready to cough out whatever the player was demanding but had to back off because had been engaged by South African side Supersport United FC.

The player’s manager had disclosed to Kotoko that the lanky midfielder had already signed a pre-contract with the South African outfit hence their decision to pull out.

Speaking to FOX FM in an interview, Edmund Ackah debunked reports suggesting that his outfit failed to meet the financial demands of Vital, giving a vivid explanation of the turn of events that led to the disappointment.

“I can authoritatively confirm that there was nothing Vital needed that Kotoko couldn’t have offered”, Edmund Ackah explained.

“We agreed on everything, in fact Karela (United) was happy, Vital was happy, even his agent.

“The only problem that came up was that he had already committed himself to Supersport and the club had sent in a flight ticket for him to fly on Wednesday evening for trials in South Africa, so per the state of discussions between the agent and the club, we had no option than to pull out”, Ackah said.

Asante Kotoko recruited 10 more new players to complete a 26-man squad registration for the 2018/2019 CAF Confederations Cup campaign, but many have accused the current FA Cup holders of failure to meet the demands of the Karela United star, but Edmund Ackah, who took active part in the player recruitment and registration process has a contrary view.

“The player’s agent pleaded with us to let the player go since he had regrettably committed himself (to Super Sports United) in advance.

“So I can tell you that Asante Kotoko did everything needed to be done to satisfy Karela,Vital and his representatives, so the reason why his registration failed was because his agent had agreed pre negotiations with another club, nothing more”, Ackah clarified.

Vital, 23, was earlier scheduled to fly out of the country to South Africa as stated above on Wednesday, but was caught behind time. The former Africa Sports defensive midfielder will fly on Thursday evening to South Africa to seal his move.

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Frank Darkwah

Ghanaian Sports Journalist who specializes in Sports Photography and Sports writing. Accredited CAF and FIFA photo journalist

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