SuperSport United director of football Stan Matthews says the decision to sell Edwin Gyimah to Mpumalanga Black Aces was purely a business one.
The Ghanaian international was a shock transfer when he joined Aces on a one-year deal, having been told he was not in coach Cavin Johnsonâ€™s plans.
But Matthews said it was a business decision after the player extended his contract last year until 2017, adding that they sold him outright with an option to buy back.
â€œCavin made it clear that his number one transfer target was Michael Morton to play the holding midfield role, and he wanted Clayton Daniels to lead the team in central defence,â€ Matthews tells KickOff.com.
â€œSo that meant that Gyimah would be competing with another foreigner in Mor Diouf, Tamsanqa Teyise, Thabo September and Roscoe Petersen. So I had enough stock there to carry two foreigners for one position.
â€œAnd in terms of defensive midfield position, Cavin made it clear that Morton was going to be his first choice. He also made it clear that Gyimah would have to compete with Ennocent Mkhabela as cover.
â€œSo to take a player like Gyimah as a foreigner and having him either on the bench or stands is something which was not a good business decision.â€
Matthews adds: â€œEddie is really a fantastic player and someone who has a high market value. I took a decision that it is better for him to go out and play every week. If he sits on my bench throughout the season, what is his value going to be next season? We had to look at this as a business.
â€œA foreigner should be a first-choice player and, if not, we will then move him to the marketplace and use those hard-earned funds to re-invest in the team.â€
Matthews says there was some interest in Gyimah from Turkey and Russia, but after he failed to make the cut for Ghanaâ€™s World Cup squad it died down.