Bechem United marksman – Ahmed ‘Simba’ Toure, has denied claims making rounds that he collected money from Beremah Otuahene in 2013, with a promise to play for Accra Hearts of Oak.
In an interview with Abaidoo Abednego on Spice 91.9 FM, the Burkinabe-born striker stated that the money he received was from one Mr. Hackman, and was meant to cover the cost of his Emirates’ plane ticket from Ivory Coast to Accra, which was about GhC 2,000.00.
Toure, explained that, before embarking on his journey to Accra for trials with the Phobians, he asked for his expenses from Ivory Coast to Accra to be paid, but was told to use his own money because Torgbe Afedzi, the Chairman of the club had travelled.
He added that, during the entire period he spent training with Hearts of Oak, he took care of his everyday expenditure on his own, including his accommodation.
According to Toure, officials of Accra Hearts of Oak assured him that his expenses would be settled as soon as Torgbe Afedzi returned.
However, after his week’s training was done, Torgbe Afedzi had still not returned, so he was left with no choice but go back to Ivory Coast because according the Phobian officials, decisions can’t be taken without the Chairman.
He then returned to the Ivory Coast, and was later approached by officials from Asante Kototo.
Terms were agreed, and a contract signed.
According to the Bechem United linchpin, it was at this point that rumours started about him taking money from Hearts of Oak, and then absconding to sign for the Porcupine Warriors.
Toure revealed that, in a bid to clear his name, he sent the GhC 2000.00 back to Accra Hearts of Oak, mentioning Ali Maradona as a witness.
Responding to the alleged curse placed on him by Beremah Otuahene, stating that he will never be able to play for any other team except Bechem United, Toure said, “I’m not afraid of anybody apart from God.”
He further went on to call the bluff of Beremah Otuahene, by revealing that he currently has offers from several teams in the country.