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Rashid Sumaila closing in on dream Kotoko move

Published on: 10 July 2012

By Patrick Akoto

Defender Rashid Sumaila claims he is close to agreeing a deal to join Ghanaian Champions Asante Kotoko.

The Ebusua Dwarfs centre-back has been on the radar of both Kotoko and Hearts of Oak with the capital-based club believed to be leading the race for his signature.

It's been widely reported that Hearts has reached an agreement with Dwarfs over a potential transfer in the coming days.

But the tough tackling defender says he may find a new home in Kumasi barring any unforeseen circumstances.

“Officials of my club have been talking to Kotoko and hopefully, the future should be sorted out very soon,” Sumaila told Kumasi-based Fox FM

“They had the best offer from the numerous clubs that enquired about my availability. Officials of Dwarfs are willing to release me to Kotoko and according to them that will be the best place for me,”

“It will be a dream to play for the team. It is the biggest club and so every player will love to be part of that great team,”

“They won the League last season and so by God’s grace I hope the final details are sorted out soon so that I can join them.”

If the deal is concretized, it will be a major coup for the Porcupine Warriors as they would have stolen the march off their bitter rivals after some intense bidding.

The impressive work-rate of the 19-year-old has seen him earn two call-ups into the Black Stars

Sumaila came to prominence at the start of last season following his excellent performances for Ghana’s Under-23 side who won gold at the All Africa Games last September


This article has 18 comment(s), give your comment
  • Nii says:
    July 11, 2012 08:15 am
    I guess you have to stop commenting on this site until hearts win 21 league titles.
  • FAISAL NABBI says:
    July 10, 2012 12:03 pm
    Good news Rashid Sumaila will be a good signing.FABU STILL THE GREATEST!!
  • Konadu says:
    July 10, 2012 12:27 pm
    That is absolute folly and stupid. Who is Rahid sumaila to tell us the biggest club in Ghana? This is a kotoko concocted story. Biggest club under my foot. Hearts of Oak is the best and greatest club in Ghana.
  • Gunshot says:
    July 10, 2012 12:40 pm
    Hahahahahahaha! Who wil go bak to the jhs after graduating frm shs? So rashid is right. He wants to cum 4 his 1st degree n masters @ the only soccer university. Fabulous. Hehehehehehe ajeeei!
  • KT says:
    July 10, 2012 02:07 pm
    Hmm. Wherever he goes is good for him. Ei Gunshot, do you know Kotoko's history? The guys formed it after watching a Hearts of Oak match. I'm not not saying it, read that history. It was modeled on Phobia whther you love it or not. Haha, and don't you know the Rainbow is only found in the skies? Thats out starting point, we go beyond heaven, thats why we are the Soccer Paradise. Like or not, we have done what no other club has done in Gh. I hope thats an open secret because you guys know our achievements everywhere are unsupassed. Or are they? Hmm, do 4 prestigious trophies a season and then Man U, Hearts, Barca will be equal to Kotoko. Fight for that, so long......
    July 10, 2012 03:17 pm
    @Konadu or whatever,it seems u dnt knw wat u r [email protected],who nurtured does not matter,real madrid was formed by catalans but madrid is succesful than Barca,so what u r sayn is non starter. Again,even Rainbow fc is in division 2. Clubs who dominantly succesful use colour Red and white and sometyms black. ACMILAN,LIVERPOOL,REAL MADRID,ARSENAL BAYERN etc. I want ask phobians,who gave u that slogan ''the continental Clubs
  • kofi says:
    July 10, 2012 03:41 pm
    They bluff they are the richest club in Ghana now and yet could not afford the demand by dwarfs for sumaila.Check out the details for urself with the link below
  • KT says:
    July 10, 2012 03:44 pm
    Shinji, you have missed my point oo. Its not about who formed what, thats not the point. When you read the Kotoko history, you'll get the point. And please colours don't play soccer. And Rainbow here is the symbol of Hearts, not Rainbow FC. And so are trying to say that any club that doesn't use any such colours won't be very succesful? So Hearts is a failure, right? Please be scientific here. Soccer is about good players, motivation etc not colours. And that motto was churned by Phobians because that year, what they did is yet to be done by any other in Africa, not even almighty Al Ahly. Please make scientific and objective comments that will educate us all. Colours don't play soccer, its more of what you do with the coulour or symbol. Learn.
  • KT says:
    July 10, 2012 03:50 pm
    Kofi, I guess Hearts is the poorest. According to analysts, 'if' what Togbe and his colleagues paid for the shares is anything to go by, 4 billion new cedis is no amount any club in Ghana has in their account, not after all the sponsorship. So its not about Hearts saying, its whats pertaining. Don't forget, Togbe alone paid 2billion new cedis, and still no club boasts of that. So is it our fault?
  • Quophai says:
    July 10, 2012 03:52 pm
    Perfect replacement for Awal Mohammed. Very very good signing
  • KT says:
    July 10, 2012 03:57 pm
    Kofi, this is business. Its about Hearts' evaluation of the said product. This happens in Europe all the time. Recently, Hazard went to Chelsea instead of City. I guess Sheikh Mansour was broke. Perhaps, Sumaila sees more prospects @ Kotoko than Hearts. Fair enough. If you wanna say Hearts is broke, use something substantial to support your point. If not, people like me will always be there to give you the loopholes.
  • kofi says:
    July 10, 2012 04:52 pm
    @KT Good, so is it substantial to say heart was broke an unattractive that's why they floated shares?
  • KT says:
    July 10, 2012 05:37 pm
    Thats right. Certainly Hearts was broke because in the business this is one of the surest ways to raise capital. Its no problem at all. Share floatation is very reliable. Most of the clubs in Europe we die for are maintained and made attractive on shares. This paves way for other brands to like to associate with it. So give Togbe just a couple of years after we list on the stock exchange, and see how all the clubs will run for shares floatation other than begging for sponsors because they are not attractive. When yours shares are in good condition, other brands beg to associate with you. Thats why the English clubs especially are so attractive: they don't beg.
  • Fresher says:
    July 10, 2012 06:03 pm
    Even though history has it that, Ebusua Dwarfs was modelled like H of Oaks does not mean Dwarfs will sell away their prized asset to H of Oaks for pittance. This forum is meant for expressions of constructive views and criticisms but few bad people have instead turned it to a fora to cast a slur and insult our dear club's (Kotoko) sanctity and dignity. An insults which we can equally return in kind. Some have even gone to an extent of calling and "deifying" H of Oaks as a paradise, ha ha ha, a so called paradise where players always go to bed empty stomach on a daily basis. A rainbow can even be found on LGBTs ( Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgenders) flags, Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and transgender groups use rainbow as their official flags and Never Say Die as their official motto. Is it appropriate for a Kotoko fan to say H of Oaks is the official club of Homosexuals and lesbians that unashamedly officially unfurls LGBT flags which if Oscar Wilde and Allan Turing are to be alive today would have volunteered to manage and indulge in their antiGod activities with H of Oaks leadership? At best, if some people are to comment, they should comment wisely without insults.
  • wiafe jnr busunya nkoranza-north says:
    July 10, 2012 09:50 pm
    Why KT? de boy want to play 4 de champs, whats' ur worry. advice Togbe and his board tu buy quality players as Dr KK Sarpong is doing tu Kotoko
  • KT says:
    July 10, 2012 10:08 pm
    Wiafe, if you read my comments well, you would have seen that I'm not bothered where he goes. As for Fresher, I told him untill Kotoko wins Champs League, FA CUp, League, Super Cup in a single season, he shouldn't talk again. Well, as far as I'm concerned God made the rainbow. By your analogy, what is God? Gay etc... Please, someone should call him to order. Let anyone read how I construct my comments and compare it to yours. I'm sure even Dr. SArpong will not like it. Just don't refer to us as something bad ok. Because I've never done that about Kotoko, and I'll condemn any Phobian that does vice versa. Its just not nice. And it wasn't Dwarfs I was saying was modelled on Hearts, its Kotoko. If you doubt, check your history well. Phobia.... Soccer Paradise, where players live forever.
  • KT says:
    July 12, 2012 03:04 pm
    I guess Nii is telling me Dr Sarpong celebrates mediocrity. What? You compare a continental trophy to our 5000 cedis league trophy? Plus its not just more trophies than us overall...and you can compare yourself to us!! Dr. Sarpong wants to do that, let him do it and stop talking. Support him.
  • Adoubaa says:
    July 17, 2012 11:15 pm
    Hello, Did someone of you, actually saw Rashid play live ? Is he really 196 cm ? or this is wrong written on the internet ? Greetings from Europe my brothers