Hearts, Kotoko battle over Karela star

Author: By Samuel Amoesi
Diawisie Taylor

A potential move by Karela United striker, Diawisie Taylor, to either Accra Hearts of Oak or Kumasi Asante Kotoko, will be dependent on which club is ready to pay more, his coach has hinted.

The two most prestigious clubs in the country are keen on strengthening  their squad for next season and have Taylor, who is currently the top scorer of the Normalisation Committee Special Competition, with nine goals, as one of their top targets.

Karela coach, Johnson Smith, confirmed to the Graphic Sports that his star forward was in talks with both Hearts and Kotoko, and that the Aiynase-based side would not put impediments in his way if he decides to move.

However, the club is determined to make the most of the opportunity and have said he would be released only to the highest bidder
"Diawisie is in talks with both Hearts and Kotoko. He told me that both teams have contacted him, anyone of the two who is ready to pay big would have the player. However, none of them have written to the club officially," Coach Smith said.

Taylor has scored nine goals in 14 matches for Karela in the Special Competition and will be at the heart of his side’s semi-final clash with Ashantigold at Obuasi on June 16.

Last season injuries restricted his output in the Ghana Premier League as he scored just one goal in seven games.
Coach Smith knows the player well and believes he has a lot of qualities that could make him a big star in future.

He coached Taylor at Division One side Babiani GoldStars two years ago before they reunited at Karela, hence the coach’s confidence that his player would be an asset for Ghana in future.

"I am not surprised about Diawisie's performance in the Special Competition. He is a special striker, he knows how to take on players, when to shoot and when to place the ball. I am sure he can be Ghana's hope in the future," noted coach Smith as he extolled his star player’s qualities