“I have no grudges whatsoever against anyone” – Ismail Ganiyu announce Asante Kotoko departure with heartfelt goodbye message

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Ismail Abdul-Ganiyu has penned a heartfelt goodbye message to Asante Kotoko following his departure from the club.

The experienced center-back after a 4-year stint with the Porcupine Warriors has left the club to join Iraqi fold Al Talaba.

Ganiyu during his 4-year stint with Asante Kotoko notably captained the team to win the 2021/22 Ghana Premier League.

In a statement released on his official Facebook page, Ganiyu announced his departure and as well thanked the club for what was largely an enthralling journey.

The full statement read:

End of Era

Sporting compliments to the entire Ghana football fraternity.

With fond memories from my time with Asante Kotoko SC, I write to announce the end of our relationship.

After four years of career changing time in the colors of Asante Kotoko SC, the time has come for us to mutually end our stay together, with fond memories to look back at.

From the roaring voices at the Baba Yara Stadium to the unflinching love from the Porcupine family, my time at Asante Kotoko SC could not have been any better.

The pinnacle of my time was that triumphant game against Medeama SC which confirmed us as the 2020/2021 Ghana Premier league champions.

I fulfilled a life long dream of leading the biggest Ghanaian football club to domestic triumph. Days like these don’t repeat often.

The fond memories from the club including Normalization Cup , Otumfuo Cup , President’s Cup , Qualifications into the Group Stages of the CAF Confederation Cup and the latest trophy as Ghana Premier League Champions made my stay memorable.

I could not have achieved these alone. We worked for it and we achieved a lot as a team.

I believe in the concept of Ubuntu, “I am because you are and you because of me, together we are”.

I was a porcupine before joining the club and will be a porcupine after leaving the club.

I have no grudges whatsoever against anyone and will continue to support the club.

Ismail Abdul-Ganiyu
Former Captain Asante Kotoko SC.

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