The midfielder has been in the form of his life; turning heads and scoring for fun in Ghana but his comeback will surely end on Sunday
Bechem United legend Augustine Okrah will face Hearts of Oak in the final of the FA Cup on Sunday with a refined energy knowing that this could be his final game for the club after rejoining them ahead of the season from Asante Kotoko.
According to AshesGyamera’s sources which have been credible as ever, the 28-year-old has attracted a lot of interest from both local and foreign clubs following a blistering performance for Bechem this season and would likely leave the scene sooner rather than later.
What has been said?
According to Bechem United coach Kassim Mingle the club wouldn’t have any problems allowing Okrah to leave once their asking price is met.
“We can’t block any move for Augustine Okrah,” Bechem United coach Kassim Mingle said in an interview. “If we receive a good offer that matches our expectations, we will allow him to move.”
He added: “There are offers for him, if all goes well, he will leave definitely.”
How has Okrah performed for Bechem United?
Having already scored 18 goals in all competitions this season – 14 in league and four in FA Cup – Okrah is Bechem United’s topscorer in all competitions. He also leads the club’s assist chart in the league (six) and FA Cup (four) as well as winning five Man of the Match awards in Ghana Premier League.
Arguably, he is one of the top three performers in the local scene currently alongside Ashanti Gold’s Yaw Annor and Kotoko’s Mbella Etouga.
Will Okrah leave Bechem United?
The nimble-footed midfielder’s contract at the Ahafo-based club expires at the end of the season and after Sunday’s game against Hearts in the FA Cup final, he will be a free agent.
Amid reports that Bechem owner, Kingsley Owusu Acheaw ‘Agama’ wanting to convince Okrah to stay for at least another season, his camp has explained to bankroller why it is necessary for him to leave now that he has two months left on his contract before he eventually becomes a free agent. As a result, the two parties reached an agreement.
Locally, Okrah’s former club Asante Kotoko have been touted as one of the leading candidates to sign him back to Baba Yara Sports Stadium but we can authoritatively confirm that no official bid has been made.
The Porcupine Warriors are believed to be scanning around for quality players to bolster their squad ahead of their participation in Caf Champions League next season.
Again, the player is not even willing to return to Kotoko for the third time since the previous two stints did not go down well for him on and off the pitch.
Interestingly, Bibiani Gold Stars are said to be in the race as they hope to bring him to Dun’s Park to help them improve on their debut performance in Ghana Premier League.
The club’s top hierarchy officially made contacts with Okrah and his agent a couple of weeks ago and explained their project to him as well as offered to make him one of the highest paid players in Ghana.
However, our sources have revealed that the talks have fallen through. Okrah looks certain to ply his trade outside.
Which club is leading the race for Okrah’s signature?
It is 99 per cent now that Okrah will be leaving but his next destination will not be in Europe. According to our sources, he has attracted interests from clubs in South Africa, Zambia and Ethiopia. However, it is in Tanzania where the demand for his signature is high and his signing is nigh.
Azam FC and Simba SC have both expressed their interest and are willing to fly down to Ghana to meet him and his counsel.
Although, the two clubs have promised to offer Okrah lucrative contracts, the former Ghana Premier League topscorer and Best Player is looking beyond the monetary aspect.
The former Al Hilal and Al Merriekh superstar is hoping to play in Caf Champions League and at least win one continental trophy before he retires in the coming years. This gives Simba the edge over their rivals Azam.
Simba are second in the Tanzanian league behind Young Africans and will participate in Champions League next season while Azam will have to play in Caf Confederation Cup as they are third on the log, 13 points behind Simba and with only a game to end the season.
A lot of Simba fans have already followed Okrah on all his social media accounts and are showering him with praise and promises.