Experienced defender, Vincent Atinga has sent a good bye message to Medeama SC after announcing his departure from the club.
Atinga leaves the reigning Ghana Premier League champions permanently after the expiration of his contract.
For the first time in four years, the Bet Pawa Premier League Champions, Medeama SC will be without their talisman, Vincent Atinga ahead of the upcoming season which kicks off on Friday, September 15.
The cluC’s now former defender, Vincent Atinga Adae confirmed yesterday that he is parting way with the Tarkwa-Based Club, this comes on the back of speculations from Monday.
Atinga’s departure sees him become a free agent, hence making him eligible to join any club of his preference.
The former Hearts of Oak Centre-Half released a statement to express his gratitude to the club for his three year stay in Tarkwa.
He thanked the fans and management of the club for their reception during his experience with the club.
“It’s been an amazing journey and I couldn’t have asked for a better club, supporters, and management team by my side for all these years, thank you for the incredible memories and unwavering support.”
“[There is] a point in a man’s career that [one has] got to move on. I leave Medeama with great memories and the club will remain in my hearts,” he told medeamasc.org.
The 29 year old defender begun his senior career at the Mysterious Ebusua Dwarfs in 2012. He was later transferred to Accra Hearts of Oak where his rise to stardom in the Ghanaian football circles emanated.
He finally left the Accra Based side in 2018, where after three years made his long awaited return to the Ghana Premier League in 2021.
He signed a three year permanent deal with Medeama after playing overseas.
His continental exploits saw him feature for clubs like KF Tirana in Albania and Kuwaiti clubs Qadsia SC and Al Shabab.
The blow to Medeama’s title defense
Defending the Bet Pawa Premier League title in Ghana is not an easy feat but losing an inspirational figure in the dressing room makes the task insurmountable.
During the 2022/23 season, Vincent Atinga consistently won Man of the Match awards in the Ghana Premier League ; this contributed significantly to Medeama’s historic title triumph of which became the first in the Mauve and Yellows history.
Vincent Atinga demonstrated exceptional goal scoring prowess en route to the title scroing an all time personal high of 11 goals throughout the 2022/23 campaign, with 9 of his 11 strikes coming from the spot.
He made a total of 74 appearances for the Yellow and Mauve boys whiles scoring 21 goals in that period.
Elsewhere, Atinga’s sensational season was duly awarded at the inaugural edition of the Ghana Football Association Awards night last Saturday, where the defender was adjudged the Ghana Premier League Best player for the 22/33 Bet Pawa Premier League season.
His departure would send jitters across the Medeama locker room but may put smiles on the faces of opposition teams.
Medeama is faced with an insurmountable task to bring in a replacement that fits the criteria of goal scoring coupled with experience and leadership skills.
Story by: Asack Pius | universnews.ug.edu.gh