Fired African Stars coach, Ghanaian-born Prince George Koffie says his unceremonial exit from the country’s top tier team was written on the wall and he has been yearning to leave before being pushed.
African Stars management recently announced the termination of Koffie’s contract as head coach, while they brought former head coach Mervin Mbakera back to resume duties.
Speaking to Desert Radio lately, Koffie said: “You know, it’s been long overdue, actually I have been yearning to part ways with African Stars FC. I just took it easy and was waiting for the match against Eeshoke Chula Chula, because I was not happy as a result of one or two things which I cannot disclose right here,” he said.
“I cannot disclose things here, but after the game I had a conversation with one of the directors where I stressed my misgivings regarding a few factors,” he added.
Koffie revealed that he was asked to meet up at the team’s head office on Sunday morning where it was agreed by both parties to mutually terminate the contract.
“We all decided that we should call it quits, I decided to move on and I am very happy. I have never regretted taking that decision.”
The soft-spoken coach said: “ I am a professional coach and I have a Fifa agent or representative who controls everything for me. He is aware of the decision taken between African Stars FC and myself.”
African Stars FC announced that Mbakera, who was head coach during the past football season, will resume his duties as head coach with immediate effect.
Koffie, a CAF A-license coach who was alsoin charge of African Stars’ CAF Champions League campaign this year added that he is waiting for his agent to informhim about his next assignment.
“For now, I have not been informed yet about my next line of duty, but once that is communicated I will certainly liaise with you.”
Koffie stressed that there was no bad-blood or ill-feelings between himself and African Stars’ management.
African Stars’ executive director, Salomo Hei, said his side is a big club and that they had short and medium term goals with regard to Koffie, one of which was the CAF Champions League campaign.
“After having reviewed the short term goals and looking at our targets and objectives as management, we mutually decided to part ways,” he said.
Hei added that African Stars is better known for its Brazilian ‘Samba’ style of play and that they would want to maintain that.
Mbakera’s immediate task will be to ensure a positive outcome this weekend when Stars take on Otjiwarongo-based Life Fighters FC on Saturday at the Nau-Aib stadium and Unam FC on Sunday at the same stadium in Okahandja.
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