Former Karela United and Asante Kotoko midfielder, Umar Bashiru, has expressed his reluctance to return and play in the Ghana Premier League.
Bashiru had several stints in the domestic top flight, playing for West Africa Football Academy, Asante Kotoko, and Karela United.
In 2022, the 26-year-old made a move to Insurance FC in Ethiopia, where he had an impressive spell. Subsequently, he transitioned to Commercial Bank Ethiopia SA after his successful tenure with Insurance FC.
In an interview with Africa-foot.com, Bashiru discussed his future plans, stating, “I don’t know what the future will be seriously. I don’t know if I will come back and play in Ghana, but to be frank, I don’t want to come back to Ghana and play again.”
He further elaborated on his decision, highlighting concerns about player welfare in Ghana, including salary and accommodation issues. Bashiru expressed his desire to retire outside of Ghana due to these concerns.
“That’s for a fact, I will love to retire outside Ghana but not in Ghana because if you look at the player welfare in Ghana it’s very bad, the salary, the accommodation and everything is very disgusting.
“So that’s why I said that I will love to retire in Ghana but not to play again in Ghana but like I said I don’t know what the future will be.”
During his time with Insurance FC, Bashiru scored two goals and provided five assists in 27 appearances across various competitions. He now shares the pitch with former Ghana Premier League star Caleb Amankwa, who joined Commercial Bank Ethiopia SA from Hearts of Oak as a free agent.