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Soccer News of Saturday, 12 September 2015


Yusif discloses reasons behind his move to AC Tripoli

Abdul Aziz Yusif Abdul Aziz Yusif

The former Porcupine Warriors striker has revealed why he opted for the Lebanese club ahead of several other suitors

Former Asante Kotoko striker Abdul Aziz Yusif has revealed why he chose to move to Lebanese giants AC Tripoli ahead other clubs that were interested in his services.

The 25-year-old joined Egyptian side Smouha FC in 2014 after winning the Ghana Premier League with Kotoko but became a free agent when he mutually terminated his contract eight months later.

Former teammate Michael Kafui Helegbe played an influential role in his decision to join Tripoli, according to Yusif.

“I had a couple of offers but spoke to Helegbe and he really wanted me to come here so I signed a two-year contract with them,” Yusif told Goal.

“He told me about the club’s achievements last season and the qualification to play in Asian Champions League. He also talked about the manager [Ismail Kortam], players, climate, training, and how friendly everyone at the club is.

“These details were awesome. I believe we can make Tripoli a better club,” he said.

"I was handed the iconic number 9 jersey and I hope to deliver my very best in the new season.”

Yusif also insists Kotoko will survive the relegation scare in the Ghana Premier League after they were docked six points for fielding an ineligible player.

“It hasn't been well with Kotoko but I trust them to defeat Aduana Stars on the final day to survive.”

Lebanon is gradually becoming the home for Ghanaian players. Douglas Nkrumah, Michael Helegbe, Seidu Bancy, Ahmed Toure, Michael Akuffo have all moved to the Gulf region.