Story: Andy Quao/Graphic Sports
With the signing of striker Ebenezer Assifuah and offensive midfielder Seidu Salifu to Swiss side, Sion, and Club Africaine of Tunisia respectively, almost the core of the Black Satellites team that won bronze in the recent FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey appears to have all been traded off.
Salifu is said to have earned his club, Wa All Stars, some $200,000 for a four-year deal to the north African side.
Midfielder Moses Odjer, Joseph Lawer Attarma and skipper Lawrence Lartey remain the only leftovers in Sellas Tetteh’s starting line-up during the World Youth Cup.
But centre-backs Attarma and Lartey are almost set to join their colleagues in the coming weeks if they make a firm decision on the choices that confront them.
Attarma, according to Graphic Sports sources, could be signing for Turkish First Division side, Samsunspor, who are expected to finalise the deal this week if both the player and his club, Tema Youth, agree to their terms.
The parties in the deal initially appeared to have settled it in Turkey, during the early stages of the Satellites’ World Cup campign, but there was a stand-off following the numerous requests for his services after the third-place match against Iraq in Istanbul last month in which the youngster opened the scores for Ghana.
In the case of Lartey, who has been indecisive in the midst of two requests for his services from Partizan Belgrade in Serbia and Ajax Cape Town of South Africa, CEO of Ashgold Kudjoe Fianoo says the player could be on his way out this week as he is certain the player will make his mind early in the week to beat the September 5 dealine.
Already Norwegian side, SK Brann, have grabbed another regular of the bronze winning Satellites side, Kennedy Ashia, for a six-month loan deal.
Brann have the first option to sign the offensive midfielder from Liberty Professionals.
The 20-year-old is expected in Bergen this week to finalise his transfer, but he has five months to prove himself worthy.
Earlier, nimble-footed Ebenezer Aboagye, whose deal with Udinese was finalised long before the World Cup, was said to have completed his move and subsequently loaned to Granada.