Ex-Kotoko Star Bite Fingers On His Career Regret


Former player of Kumasi Asante Kotoko SC has bite his fingers for failing to make a dream move to English Premier League side.

The reliable defender Shilla Illiasu who had an offer from English Premier League side Arsenal FC during his peak says he regret not making the move to the English side.

The Ghanaian International after an impressive performance in the 2006 FIFA World Cup went on trials at Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers but he declined to join the Gunners despite an offer put before him.

According to Ghana’s 2006 FIFA World Cup defender Shilla Illiasu his failur to move to English Premier League side Arsenal is the biggest regret in his football career.

“When the opportunity to play for Arsenal came, I was in doubt. I didn’t think my dream was coming to pass. I love Arsenal,” he told Tv3.

“After our game against Czech, I was at the hotel when my agent came to me and said ‘Shilla, gradually we are getting close; Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger was at the stadium and so, after the tournament you are going to Arsenal for trials’.

“I went to Arsenal for two weeks. I nearly signed a deal. I remember Ghana’s game against Togo in London, I came to the match and saw a journalist and he said ‘Shilla, congratulations you have been given the number 27 jersey to represent Arsenal’.

“Kolo Touré was there and he also said ‘sign what are you waiting for’ and I told him I was waiting for my agent. If you ask me what really went wrong, I can’t tell. I really regret not signing for Arsenal,” he concluded.