Fatawu Mohammed, captain of Accra Hearts of Oak, claims that a sour friendship between the coach of Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg and the Sporting Director of Ghanaian partner club WAFA in 2012 derailed his transfer to Europe.
The 28-year-old has been with the Phobians since 2013, after spending time at the Red Bull Academy, which has since combined with the Feyenoord Academy to form WAFA.
Fatawu believes conflicts among management members of Ghanaian clubs happen all over the world after seeing his move to Europe break down.
“In 2012, I got the opportunity to go to Europe,” he narrated to GTV Sports Plus. “I went to Europe and got a club called Red Bull Austria (Salzburg).
“I was there for 6 months and there was a misunderstanding between the coach and the technical director in Ghana.
“What we’re seeing in Ghana is happening all over the world. The coach in Europe and the technical director in Ghana are at odds.
“He said that I am a good player, but the technical director in Ghana is not on good terms with him, so he cannot offer me a contract. I said good, I’ll return to Ghana and restart my life.
“In 2013, David Duncan was the head coach of Hearts of Oak, with Ben Agyei serving as an assistant.
“I was working with Ben Agyei while we were in the Academy, so he invited me to come and do trials, and they signed me for the Juvenile side [of Hearts of Oak].”