Osei Kofi urges Black Stars players to win AFCON title

Published on: 26 June 2020

Former Ghana international Rev Osei Kofi has urged the current Black Stars players to make history by winning the Africa Cup of Nations title.

The 80-year-old won two Afcon titles with the Black Stars and was a joint top scorer in the 1965 Afcon tournament held in Tunisia.

It's been 39-years since Ghana won the coveted trophy despite coming close a few times in the previous editions, losing to Egypt and Ivory Coast in 2010 and 2015 respectively.

"We did not have the opportunity that they are having today. We were promised a complete house in 1978, by the Colonel Kutu Acheampong regime who called his Special Assistant Lt Col Simpe Asante and myself to the castle and told us that we should confide with the Black Stars players that if they win the historic third AFCON trophy that year, each player would get an estate each at Dansoman – which was being built at that time," he told Ghanaiantimes.

He said, unfortunately, Col Acheampong was ousted in July of that year by Lt-General Fred Akuffo, "who later told us that he was not the one that promised us, and till date, we have heard nothing about that promise."

"We were saddened that a Head of State made a promised on behalf of the state and till date, that promise is still hanging."

He added, "The present players have learnt well from what was done to us in the past; so today they demand money before playing and I support them wholeheartedly."

"Indeed, they should even take more. However, they should remember that they owe the public. We were not paid but we produced the trophies. They are being paid huge appearance fees and bonuses, so they need to satisfy the public by winning the trophy."