By John Kwesi Arthur
Football Writer, kick442.com-Ghana
Former Esperance of Tunis forward Emmanuel Clottey has explained how he signed and secured an ITC to play for Kotoko even though he was in a contract with the Tunisian side.
“I had come to watch a game at Kumasi Baba Yara Sports Stadium when I was contacted by officials of Kotoko. I was asked by Kotoko if I was a free agent, but I told them I wasn’t. I told Mr. Opoku Nti and Alhaji Lamin,” Clottey told Fox FM.
“I had an injury during my loan season in Dubai. I wasn’t even part of the Esperance squad for the start of the season, so I reported to my agent to ask for a return ticket.
“It was during that time Kotoko requested my signature to help them in the CAF Champions League. I gave them the contact of my agent to deal with him. I didn’t hear from them again after giving them my agent’s contact.”
When he was asked on his contract with Esperance, he said;
“I had my last season with Esperance left. We were on break during the 2014 season. I had an injury during my loan season in Dubai, so I wasn’t part of the Esperance squad at the start of the season. I reported to my agent to ask for a return ticket.
“I discussed only personal terms with Kotoko. I didn’t give them any official letter or a release indicating I was a free agent.” He added
Emmanuel Clottey went further to explain how he secured his ITC.
“I was called by Mr. Opoku Nti and Edmund Ackah to come to Kumasi because the ITC has arrived. There were league matches ongoing, I was lodging at the Stadium Hotel.
“When I came to Kumasi, I signed a contract and started training with the team. My first game was against WAFA which ended in a goalless draw, with my second and last game against Berekum Chelsea which also ended in one all. I featured in the second half of the two games I played for Kotoko. That was when Esperance reported the matter to FIFA for Kotoko using me unlawfully.” He explained
He finally gave the reasons why he sent Kotoko to court.
“I didn’t send Kotoko to court to take money from the club but rather wanted the case to be settled at FIFA. I wanted to be free and continue with my football career.
“I didn’t know how they worked on my ITC. I had never quoted any amount to be given to me.
“They brought me ¢30,000 so that we could settle the case amicably but I rejected it. Kotoko gave me a release letter before I signed for the Olympics.
“The ¢30,000 offer was brought to me during the time they were playing the NC Special Tournament. The released letter from Kotoko was brought to me by Mr. Richard and Lawyer Sarfo Duku. It was given to me at the Accra High Court,” he concluded
FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee fined Kotoko for the illegal transfer of former Black Stars striker Emmanuel Clottey from Tunisia’s Esperance in 2015.
Thus a $240,000 fine was slammed on the club by FIFA, comprising $180,000 for the player’s transfer, $45,000 representing accrued interest, and $15,000 for the failure to respect a FIFA decision.
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