Liberty striker Ashia happy to join Al Hilal

Liberty Professionals striker Kennedy Ashia has finally joined Sudanese champions Al Hilal Omdurman in a two-year deal after passing his medical.

The 22-year-old former Starke FC forward arrived in Sudan on Friday and met the club’s president, Ashraf Seed Ahmed and coach Nabil Al-Kouki before undergoing his medical which was organised at the Imperial Hospital in Khartoum.

Ashia insists that ditching Asante Kotoko and Ashantigold to sign for Hilal was the best option since he will be playing in the Caf Champions League to enhance his chances of playing for the Black Stars.

“It is every footballer’s dreams to move abroad and play professional football and I do not see any exception,”Ashia told Goal.

“I’m young and this is the chance to make myself better so I’m happy to grab this opportunity.

“I may lose my place in the home-based Black Stars since I’ve moved out of the country, but to retain my place in the other levels of Ghana national teams, I strongly believe Al Hilal is a big club to help me achieve it.

“The club will be participating in the Caf Champions League and other competitions next season and it gives me the opportunity to appear on the African football scene,” he added.

Ashia joins in Sudan compatriots Augustine Okrah and Francis Coffie, who play for Al Hilal rivals Al Merriekh.

Former Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah also manages Khartoum FC in the Sudan Premier League.

Ashia was a member of Ghana U-20 team that won bronze in Turkey in 2013. He scored 11 goals last season to help Liberty finish fifth in the Ghana Premier League.