The second transfer window of the Ghana Premier League ended yesterday Monday, January 15, 2024, for the signing, offloading, and registration of players for the second round of the Ghana Premier League.
The two biggest clubs in Ghana, Asante Kotoko Sporting Club and Hearts of Oak Sporting Club strengthened their team to compete for the title and the second round. Hearts of Oak Sporting Club removed about seven players from their squad for the second round of the Ghana Premier League.
Assistant captain Richmond Ayi will not be part of the Hearts of Oak Sporting Club team for the second round of the Ghana Premier League. Ayi had an excellent start to the first round of the Ghana Premier League and one of his outstanding performances came against Karela United at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium in Tamale in week nine of the Ghana Premier League. He made a late-minute penalty save to deny former Asante Kotoko Sporting Club and Phar Rangers Football Club striker Evans Adomako Wiredu securing all three points for the Phobians.
Also, the club parted ways with Cameroonian forward Albert Diego Enode due to his uninspiring performances since joining the club ahead of the second round of the 2022/23 season. Michelle Sarpong also declined a loan move to Accra Great Olympics Football Club and mutually terminated his contract with Hearts of Oak Sporting Club. The left-footed midfielder has joined Real Tamale United on a permanent deal. Michelle Sarpong previously played for Elmina Sharks Football Club and Dreams Football Club on loan in the Ghana Premier League.
Due to the sacking of Richmond Ayi and the unavailability of Eric Ofori Antwi who is injured, Hearts of Oak signed three goalkeepers for the second round. Former West African Football Academy and Berekum Chelsea Football Club goalkeeper Kwadwo Osei Bonsu signed a three-and-a-half-year deal on a free transfer. Also, former Inter Allies Football Club Sharif Shuaib signs two years for Hearts of Oak Sporting Club on a free transfer. Moreover, Hearts of Oak Sporting Club signed a young talented goalkeeper Kwesi Nketiah from Susubiribi Sporting Club on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
In attack, Hearts of Oak Sporting Club signed Ivorian forward Kassim Cisse who is under the Amed Toure Management, and teenage sensation Isaac Frimpong. However, Issah Kukah was registered for the second round after his loan spell at Football Club Shkupin came to an end.
Asante Kotoko Sporting Club on the other hand signed two players to strengthen their squad to compete for their twenty-seventh league title.
Asante Kotoko Sporting Club signed the highly rated right back, Emmanuel Kotei from Nsoatreman Football Club on a three-year deal. Emmanuel Kotei was consistent in the first round for Nsoatreman Football Club, he played seventeen games and provided four assists as a defender for the team. The 26-year-old defender has been on the radar of Asante Kotoko Sporting Club for the past three years since his days at Tamale City.
Abdul Fatawu Safiu also made a return to the club after leaving in 2019 to complete his mission at Asante Kotoko Sporting Club. Abdul Fatawu Safiu was pivotal for Asante Kotoko Sporting Club during his first tenure with the club. Fatawu Safiu scored thirteen goals in sixteen appearances for the club in both the NC tournament and the CAF Confederations Cup. The 29-year-old forward signed till January 2026.
Asante Kotoko Sporting Club’s fans favorite Justice Blay also extended his contract with the till 2025 after a fruitful contact extension negotiations with the Interim Management Committee of the team.