Asante Kotoko’s Gideon Baah heading for season-long loan in Finland

The guardsman has reached a mutual agreement with the Porcupine Warriors for a season-long loan spell in the Scandinavia to hopefully return with enough experience

Asante Kotoko defender Gideon Baah will be going on loan with a yet-to-be announced club in Finland, Ghana understands.

The guardsman is scheduled for a season-long loan spell that will hopefully earn him more playing time in order to gain a lot of experience.

According to his agent, Eby Emenike, lack of playing time with the Porcupine Warriors led to “the mutual decision” to allow him to go to regain his former form.

“Yes, I can confirm that a club in the Veikkausliga (Finnish Premier League) has shown an interest in signing Gideon for a season long loan,” Emenike confirmed from her UK base.

“I am working with Kotoko to get things in place for him to take up this opportunity. Their transfer window will open in a few weeks which makes it possible for the move.”

She added: “Kotoko’s reaction to the loan stint was positive and they are happy for him to go and experience Europe. He was not getting enough playing time at Kotoko, so it was time to see what else was out there for him. However, he is still a Kotoko player and is due to return after the loan spell.”

Emenike is optimistic the Finnish deal is in the best interest of her client.

“A few clubs were interested in him but I believe this club is the right level for Gideon at the moment. The club plays in the highest tier of Finnish football and will be playing in the Europa qualifying rounds,” she said.

“I think football in Scandinavia will be good for him coming straight from Ghana. It will hopefully be a stepping stone and lead onto bigger things. Some young African players have gone straight into the 'big' leagues and have struggled to break into the first team. This club is somewhere I hope he'll break into the first team easily enough and get some experience and exposure.

“Kotoko have been good to Gideon and he in turn has been loyal to the club, but this is a decision based on his career progression. He will forever be grateful to Kotoko and their fans who have given him their unflinching support.”