Communications Director of Medeama SC, Patrick Akoto, is confident Medeama will be able to cope with the exit of former defender Vincent Atinga.
Atinga left Ghana Premier League champions Medeama Sporting Club after two and half years at the Mauve and Yellows.
Atinga joined Medeama in March 2021 upon his return to the country, after his time out of the country with KF Tirana in Albania and two other Kuwaiti clubs in Qadsia and AL Shabab.
The central defender netted 21 goals in 74 appearances across all competitions. He also scored 11 goals in the 2022/2023 season in 28 matches en route to Medeama winning their first league title of the Ghanaian top flight.
Atinga featured in both of Medeama’s CAF Champions League Preliminary clash against Remo Stars but won’t be available for the play-off tie against AC Horoya.
Ahead of the game against Horoya this weekend, Patrick Akoto admitted the club will miss the services of the defender but believes there are equally good replacements to fill the void following the exit of Atinga.
“We are grateful to Atinga for his immense contribution to the club, for the personal accolades and for his professionalism. It was just unfortunate that we could not agree on the terms of the contract extension. But this is how football works.” – Akoto told Takoradi-based Empire FM.
“He was an integral out of our team, former deputy captain, and eventually became the captain and the leader on the field and off the field for the players. As much as we are very disappointed with the situation the club must move on.”
“We are very confident that the rest of his colleagues are also capable and competent enough to wear the Mauve and yellow and compete. Last season, in matches that he did not play, there were other equally important players who also stepped up in that regard.” – Akoto added