Manuel Zacharias, coach of Ghana Premier League side, Bechem United, has indicated that he may not be available for the club come next season.
Manuel Zacharias guided Bechem United to their first ever MTN FA Cup this year and also orchestrated the club’s rise from the relegation zone midway through the just ended PL season to the seventh spot.
He made the confirmation to Graphic Sports recently, saying he is still weighing his options and could therefore not tell whether he would still manage the FA Cup champions next season.
“I don’t know whether I will still be at Bechem or not next season but if I get any good offer from any club I am ready to leave,” he stated. He also said he wanted visit his family back home and is unsure of his return.
He has one more year left on his contract with Bechem Utd, and could not give a cogent reason for wanting to leave the club he helped to elevate and why he wants to leave a place where he seems very much beloved by the community.
Sources close to the club however hinted that his Guinean girlfriend wasn’t too comfortable with life in the countryside (Bechem, Brong Ahafo Region) and was therefore putting pressure on the coach to look for a club in the city to enable them to relocate.
“That is why he is forcing to come to Accra Hearts of Oak just to enable him to stay in the city and please his girlfriend who feels disgusted by life in the village,” the source noted.
But the CEO of the club, Kwasi Darlyn, insisted that Zacharias was still the coach of Bechem United but they were ready to allow him to go once he expresses the desire to leave.
He added that the club had not taken any decision to fire Coach Zacharias but if he decides to part ways with the club they would not put any impediment in his way.
Kumasi Asante Kotoko have indicated that veteran midfielder Stephen Oduro remains a crucial part of their plans for the upcoming season, but they failed to define what his exact role with the club will be.
The response from the club comes in the wake of Oduro’s revelation on Kumasi based Fox FM that interim coach Michael Osei had informed him via a phone conversation that his services would not be needed by the club in the upcoming season.
The statement from the club read:
''The attention of Asante Kotoko Sporting Club has been drawn to comments made by midfielder, Stephen Oduro during an interview with a Kumasi based radio station.
''Management, is by this press release attesting to the fact that, players of Stephen Oduro's calibre, who have displayed absolute dedication to local clubs are a rare commodity in Ghana football these days.
''That explains the reason this particular management brought him back to the club when we assumed office three seasons ago. For the avoidance of doubt, management states categorically that, we have not arrived at a definite decision on the future of Stephen Oduro whose contract has expired.
''We wish to add that, management and the technical team will engage the midfielder in every step of the way in discussing his future at Kotoko so that, Stephen Oduro and Kotoko benefit mutually. Accusations and counter accusations in public is certainly not the way to go.''
The Porcupine Warriors have meanwhile rescheduled the start of pre-season activities to 24 October following a management and technical team review. The club had earlier set 12th October as the start date to give them ample time to prepare for next month’s G6 Tournament.
''They are now coming back to training on October 24, 2016,'' Kotoko Communication Manager Kwaku Ahenkorah said.
''The purpose of the team's return to training at this time hasn’t changed. It’s to ensure that they prepare and stay in shape for the G-6 which kicks off on November 5, 2016.''
Abena Alice with news wires