By Patrick Akoto
Kotoko will hold showdown talks with striker Yahaya Mohammed after he refused to travel with the team to play a Ghana Premier League match over unpaid wages and fresh contract.
The 25-year-old is up in arms with his employers for failing to settle outstanding wages owed him and many of colleagues.
The former OGC Nice versatile player stormed out of the team’s camping base after officials failed to meet his demand in the run up to their Ghana Premier League date against Ebusua Dwarfs at Cape Coast last Sunday.
GHANAsoccernet.com understands that the impressive midfielder cum attacker is frustrated by the club’s failure to open talks over a new deal.
Mohammed’s current deal expires in June next year and as yet there have been no talks over an extension which is believed to have irked the player with admirers Ashantigold believed to be lurking around.
Kotoko officials have another trouble on their hands after they allowed midfielder Michael Helegbe to join Medeama – a situation which sparked anger among their teeming followers.
The former Real Tamale United player has established himself as cult figure for Mas-ud Dramani’s side since joining after completing a one-year loan deal at Amidaus Professionals.
The player who has emerged as the stand-out performer for the club so far, is a big fans’ favourite after playing an influential role in their displays so far.
However, sources close to Mohammed believe the player has been left concerned by the club failure to fulfill their obligations and now considering leaving the club at the end of the current campaign.
Should Kotoko fail to secure him on a new deal there is sure to be no shortage of suitors, with the former Tema Youth man widely regarded as one of the exciting players on the domestic scene.
Kotoko interim Chief Executive Samuel Opoku Nti, who holds a UEFA licence B coaching certificate, has come under line of fire for his perceived poor managerial skills and crass incompetence.
Kotoko failed to register three of their key players – Rahim Ayew, Isaac Boakye and Daniel Larbi Koomson during the transfer-day deadline, which many have sums up as just the tip of a rather ‘confused’ leadership at the club.