Letter to Sadick Adams: you won them the FA Cup, this is how they thanked you, ungratefully, but you left a mark that can’t be transfered….

letter-to-sadick-adams-you-won-them-the-fa-cup-this-is-how-they-thanked-you-ungratefully-but-you-left-a-mark-that-cant-be-transferedDear Sadick Adams, On 28th May 2017, just outside the Tema Sports stadium,  Asante Kotoko chairman Kwame Kyei desperately sat in his car and met with you, tactfully speaking like a man wooing a beautiful woman. You fell for him and eventually you will become a Porcupine Warrior days after this meeting.  

The meeting – which took place immediately after Kotoko’s 1-0 win over Tema Youth on the occasion of former coach Steven Polack’s first game in charge of the club – lasted some ten minutes. Still with your registration held by Berekum Chelsea and fresh from the Turkish Cypus where you played in a brief stint with Turk Ocagi Limasol, to say Kotoko were interested in you will be understatement. Politically, technically, commercially,  you fit the bill for what Kwame Kyei and his team were looking for. A marquee signing, a big name player, a quality material to especially whip up fan enthusiasm in Kumasi.

Kotoko head coach Zdravko Lugarusic had been fired after a Week-Eleven home draw against Ebusua Dwarfs which took the club’s winless run to four games in succession – 2 draws and 2 defeats.

Not even former player Frimpong Manso who was brought in as caretaker trainer could bring positive results. Things were moving from bad to worse. The club struggled to score goals and the fans called for a new goalscorer to be signed after new coach Steven Polack had arrived.

Initially Wa All Stars forward Richard Arthur arrived on loan but he played just one FA Cup game before leaving for Angola. Who was coming next ?

It was 31st May that finally the newly recruited messiah was unveiled and it was you, a former Ghana Black Starlet striker that scored 4 goals at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup staged in South Korea. It was you that spent time at the Vicente Calderon of Atletico Madrid with the likes of David de Gea.

The deal was completed and Kwame Kyei finally landed his number one target. Sadick Adams. What came after your signing were 10 goals in 12 games in all competitions as club top goalscorer , an FA Cup trophy, a GHALCA President Cup in which you scored a Panenka winning spot kick against rivals Hearts of Oak to send thousands of Kotoko fans to the Seventh Heaven and a qualification to Africa. This Ghalca trophy was a minor trophy but the fact that Kotoko had won no majors since 2014 meant the fans celebrated this Cup like a major – after-all no trophy picked against Hearts of Oak is small. It was a team effort but you were the hero that day for scoring the winning kick.

But what started as a hot love affair has seen a sore ending. The great philosopher Socrates said ” The hottest love has the coldest end”. The hottest love has the coldest end indeed.

I learned on Friday afternoon – of 11 May 2018 – you’ve been given a transfer letter by the management of your club that you should find new employers. For starters, legally this is even bankrupt because the binding agreement recognized by FIFA is the contract a player has with a club and in the case of Sadik he is only out of contract by the end of this current season. Technically you are still a Kotoko player thanks to the running contract you have with the club. So what is the point in this letter? This qualifies as humiliation in my candid opinion. I don’t know how you see it anyway. The news was in the media and yet as at the time I write this the club has not communicated such decision officially.

Sadick you gave your all for this club but according my information during the off-season you were reportedly ejected, at midnight, like an arm robber from the Sports Hotel – owned by chairman Kwame Kyei –  where you lodged as a Kotoko player. You were forced out to go look out for your own accommodation. This is your reward for scoring a Cup final hat trick to land your club a trophy from the hands of rivals Hearts of Oak.

You joined big club Kotoko – trophy-less in  the two previous seasons of 2015 and 2016 but you and your teammates won the 2017 FA Cup trophy to qualify for Africa. You scored 5 goals in 3 games as the FA Cup goal king. This is how you are thanked today.

You have been transfer-listed by Kotoko but what nobody can transfer is the footballing mark you left at the club. In just four months, you scored 10 goals in 12 matches in the Ghana league and the FA Cup combined to finish as Kotoko’s highest goalscorer of 2017 for Ghana’s most successful club. No one can transfer this achievement. It is forever and ever.

Sadick poor you. Your hat trick against Hearts of Oak on October 29th in Tamale – your hometown – was only the second time a Kotoko player had achieved that feat in a soccer match against the Phobians. Yours was even better. Because a hat trick is a big achievement for any player but a hat trick in a huge Cup final involving rivals clubs is a special thing altogether. Again this achievement cannot be transfered to Nzema Kotoko. It remains in the rich records of Asante Kotoko.

You were not fully hit for the Tamale final but you played through pain and scored three goals to win the trophy for your club. This is how they have to thank you.

Sadick, you scored all type of goals for Kotoko during the second half of 2017 season that you signed. A freekick goal against Medeama beating goalkeeper Ofori Antwi in Kumasi, penalties against Olympics, Hearts of Oak, Ashantigold, a long range effort against Berekum Chelsea and a header against NEA Salamina in Kumasi, placements against Hearts of Oak in Tamale. Yet your club could not even wait till the end of the season during which time you contract ends fully to part ways with you peacefully and honorably.

Dear former Starlet, you just made an injury return and after playing the CARA Brazzaville Africa games, your first appearance of the season was against Karela United where your team suffered a 3-1 loss. Your are not even given enough time to continue. Poor you ! What is your crime?

Sadick when Amos Frimpong lost the 2016 Ghana Premier League best defender award to Inusah Musah of Hearts of Oak, the Kotoko communication officer Obed Acheampong called it “classical robbery” but what was the reaction from the same department of the club with Obed still as the head when the FA Cup best player award was given to Winful Cobbinah even thought the relevant stats proved you deserved it more? There was almost no concern shown by the club. You were left alone, all alone. The club didn’t see it as a Kotoko award but a Sadick Adams award and this is confirmed by the lack of promotion the club offered towards the awards. The love affair started to cool.

During your time at Kotoko you made mistakes and there were times you didn’t play well. That is undeniable. But these are only normal because you are human. You are not a divine artifact. When you deserved congratulations, you were given and when you were criticized it is because you didn’t play well and you understood the fans.

But even likes of Sarah Mensah, John Bannerman, Opoku Nti, Shila Alhassan, Nana Ahin Duah, Eric Bekoe, Ahmed Toure made mistakes and they were not always giving 100% output because it was not possible to do that all the time. Sadik if you have been subjected to this utter disgrace for being human then take it in good faith and move on in life.

Sadick if Paa Kwesi Fabin decided that you don’t give him what he what he wants at training and so other players must start ahead of you, I will support that. If your performance level drops and you are benched, I will agree and as cosmopolitan as you are you know better that the best must always give the consistent good shows. But by this letter of transfer it means you are not needed at all. It is that I struggle to understand.

Before I say good-bye to you Sadick,  make telephone calls to the following former Kotoko players and ask them the manner in which their Kotoko career came to an end. Isaac Amoako, Ahmed Toure, Prince Baffoe, Smallboy Cobbah, Larbi Koomson, Daniel Nii Adjei, Eric Ofori Antwi, Ernest Sowah. You will learn that, baseless bribery allegations were made against some of them by the immediate past chairman and the current chairman of Kotoko or you heard about that already?

Sadick, are you a necromancer ? If you are one then talk to the late Soulama Abdoulaye who played for Kotoko between 2007 and 2014. Ask him the bribery allegations cooked against him in his last professional year of service in Kumasi.

Sadick, do you know that Amoako who served the club for close to a decade and won many titles with them was one day in the process of dressing up to go to training at the Adako Jachie when he received a call to come for his termination of appointment letter by the Kwame Kyei-led management? He was embarrassed and I don’t even think any player has ever embarrassed  him in a goal post like this before.

Little did people know that Dreams FC were waiting with open hands to welcome the former B.A United goalkeeper.

Sadick, the reason to let Amoako leave for instance was spot on football reasons – Felix Annan, Ibrahim Danlad, Osei Kwame, Ernest Sowah were on the squad and so it was logic to let the veteran Amoako leave to create space for other younger ones but the problem was the manner of handling the departure.

Just watch how Manchester City are saying good-bye to Yaya Toure, how Barcelona are doing it for Andres Iniesta. Falcao was a big flop at Manchester United for various reasons but we saw how United handled his stay and departure.

Must it be the norm that players – whether history makers or not – after serving Kotoko leave with bitterness and regretfulness?

Until it is has emerged that you have committed an institutional offense that warrants this treatment then keep this letter safe………

Very truly yours,

Gariba Raubil – a journalist and a supporter of logic… 

Until next time…………….2018-05-12 09:49:31Asante Kotoko

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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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