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Veteran coach Bashir Hayford has given his full support to compatriot Maxwell Konadu over his sudden move to South African side Black Leopards.

Konadu was confirmed as the new coach of the Championship side a couple of days after he resigned from Nsoatreman FC.

He had led the Ghana Premier League side to their first silverware by annexing the 2023/24 MTN FA Cup.

Most football enthusiasts were looking forward to the former Black Stars Assistant Coach leading Nsoatreman FC in their maiden continental campaign.

His resignation and sudden move to South Africa, therefore, came as a surprise.

But speaking on Onua TV‘s Agoro Fie on Tuesday, July 2, Coach Hayford insisted Maxwell Konadu may have taken the decision due to personal reasons.

“Some decisions are personal and sometimes you consider many things,” he observed.

For him, most coaches travel outside because conditions in Ghana are not favourable, citing how he left Ghana for Sudan when the opportunity came knocking.

“Because this is the time our sports administrators and club owners must make sure they have little respect for coaches [and] their contractual obligations.

“I don’t know what happened but it is a job opportunity and he also wants to try his luck outside,” he told host Alfred Takyi Mensah.

The Heart of Lions coach says even coaching outside gives you a leverage above your coequals.

He called for support for the former Asante Kotoko coach, stressing “he knows what he wants”.

Maxwell Konadu has been tasked to ensure the return of Black Leopards to the Premier Soccer League.

He has been contracted for three years.