Honourable E. T. Mensah, former Sports minister helped Accra Hearts of Oak raise GHC 8,000 to facilitate the transfer of sensational striker Charles Kwaku Asampong Bismark Taylor from Asante Kotoko to Hearts of Oak, Harry Zakour has revealed.
The Sefwi born deadly finisher began his youthful career at Accra Great Olympics before joining city rivals Accra Hearts of Oak in the year 2000.
The transfer of Charles Taylor from Great Olympics to Accra Hearts of Oak was a protracted one as the battle grew between Kotoko and Hearts of Oak and the latter came out triumphant.
Speaking to Kumasi based FOX FM, the then Hearts of Oak Chairman Harry Zakour has revealed that his outfit won the race to sign Taylor thanks to special financial backing from Hon. E. T. Mensah.
“I could remember Ade (Coker), then Chairman of Olympics sold (Charles Taylor’s) card to Kotoko and I was very surprised because the player wanted to play for Hearts of Oak, then we had to work on it”, Harry Zakour told FOX FM. “By then Honourable E. T. Mensah was then the sports minister, and Ade , myself and E. T Mensah were very good friends, and E. T called me and asked me what was the problem because it was a big news in town, and I told him the card was with Herbert Mensah (the then Kotoko CEO) but the boy didn’t want to play for Kotoko at that time”, he Narrated.
According to Harry Zakour, E. T. Mensah helped Hearts of Oak to raise the needed funds to take Charles Taylor away from Kotoko after Olympics had accepted money from Kotoko in a pre contract agreement.
” I asked how much was the signing fee (Kotoko had paid to Olympics) and they said it was GHC 8,000, I discussed with Herbert that the boy says he doesn’t want to play for Kotoko, and Herbert said okay, if so then we should come and pay the money he paid to Ade Coker, so E. T. Mensah helped us to raise the money and gave it to Herbert Mensah and he released Taylor for us”, Harryzakour revealed.
Under the legendary late coach Sir Cecil Jones Attuquayefio and Offei-Ansah, Taylor enjoyed a terrific partnership with Ishmael Addo and Emmanuel Osei Kuffour (The General) between 2000 and 2003, where they won 3 premier leagues consecutively (2000,2001 & 2002), a FA cup and the prestigious CAF Champions League under the chairmanship of Harry Zakour.
Charles Taylor controversially moved to arch rivals Asante Kotoko later in the year 2003 but had his joy cut short when the Porcupine Warriors lost the CAF Confederations Cup to the Phobians in Kumasi.
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SOURCE: FOX 97.9 FM