Dutch striker of Ghanaian parentage Akwasi Asante has given reasons why he moved to Gloucester City from fellow national league side Chester City.
Asante had been on fire for Chester for one and half years netting 27 goals in 36 games but surprisingly failed to renew his contract which expires at the end of this month and has already signed for Gloucester City.
The free-scoring forward that it was a tough call to move elsewhere but the Coronavirus Pandemic changed everything.
“It wasn’t an easy decision at all.” Asante told Chesterlive in relations to his move.
“I didn’t want to leave and I didn’t expect to leave. Before this pandemic if you would have asked me where I would be playing next season then I would have absolutely said Chester. The managers wanted to keep me and I wanted to stay and we had started chatting about the future and a new deal.”
“But the pandemic has changed everything for everyone.”
“In the end there was no firm offer from Chester and I get that because their season is still going and they don’t know what they are planning for yet. Then there was the whole thing with Stuart Murphy pulling out.”
“But I had to make a call on what I felt was right for me and my family. I couldn’t turn down a good wage and a two-year deal somewhere as I have bills to pay and a family to feed and football is my only income.”
“It’s nothing to do with loyalty, I loved playing for Chester and I was proud every time I pulled on the shirt. This pandemic has created a real mess and things that wouldn’t have otherwise have happened have happened. There were other clubs to show an interest but when you have a good contract offer at a time like this then you have to take it. I hope people understand my reasons for that.” He added.
Asante previously played for Birmingham City, Northampton Town and a host of other teams.