Ghanaian midfielder Â Mohammed-Awal IssahÂ is devastated by the $170,000 fined slapped on him by the South African FA for going AWOL from his club AmaZulu.
The Ghanaian playmaker found himself in hot water with Usuthu after allegedly abandoning his post without consent to attend to family matters in his homeland.
However, Issah insists he had been given the green light by the PSL club to attend to his personal issues, but returned to find himself facing the heavy punishment.
"It was a sad day for me when I got the news. I am still not okay with the ban and the amount that I have been told to pay to the club," he toldFootball411's Ghana correspondent Russel Wiafe in an exclusive interview.
"I didn't go away just like that, I informed the club that I was going to Ghana for my family issues so I will return when am able to solve all the problems within my family. I cannot tell the whole world the kind of family problems I have, it is personal so if it took me more days to solve that problem should they sanction for this?
"I know I have a contract and am obliged to play, but when you have a very difficult family issue you cannot put up your best."
Despite feeling heavily aggrieved, Issah has revealed he will not appeal the ban, preferring to not waste more time and money on a situation that has already taken its toll on the man.
"I will not appeal this ban because even if I appeal am going to waste enough money and waste precious time, so what they have communicated to me I will take it like that, but it is highly unfair on the part of my club to do such thing - how can they do this to their own player?" he continued.
"I signed a contract with them to play and honour my all but if I have family issues can I go out and give my all? The damage they have caused me is not repairable and I hope that somebody can listen to what am saying."