By Patrick Akoto
Coach Maxwell Konadu has extolled the qualities of Uriah Asante ahead of an impending move to the local giants.
Asante ended his season’s long-loan at Hearts of Oak but opted not to renew his contract.
It is widely believed the barrage of criticisms that he suffered in the aftermath of his well-wishing facebook message to coach Konadu in the run up to Kotoko’s Premier League game at Berekum Chelsea may have forced him to leave the club.
The Pure Joy enforcer is believed to be nearing a move to the Premier League champions with both parties expected to sort out the knotty details in the coming days but coach Konadu wants to remain evasive on the turn of events.
“I don’t know the problem that Uriah and Hearts have. Uriah is my friend but he is not someone I call and talk to frequently,” Konadu told Kumasi-based Fox FM
“I don’t believe that if I am going to play a match with Chelsea and he wishes me well, that should be seen as something bad.
“Whether he is coming to Kotoko or not, I can’t confirm anything now because nothing has been arrived at.
“We just have to wait for the right time. If we finish speaking with him, we’ll make it known to the fans even though we don’t know what Hearts is doing to keep their player.
“He is a good player and any coach would like to have him in his team. His qualities are not in doubt and so like I said let wait and finish and then we can talk more about it.”
Asante has grown to become one of the exciting players of the Ghanaian top flight and was part of Ghana’s U-23 side that won an historic gold medal at the 2011 All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique.