Ghanaian Football Legend and two-time AFCON winner, Reverend Osei Kofi says the Blacks Stars of Ghana will miss AFCON 2019 trophy if the authorities fail once again to fulfil the promise they made to ex-players who won four AFCON trophies for Ghana( 1963,1965,1978,1982) making Ghana a four-time champions on the African continent.
Ghana is hoping to end their 37 years of trophy drought in the African Cup of Nations 2019 after coming close to winning it for the fifth time in 1992,2010 and 2015 losing two to Cote D’I’voire and the other one to Egypt in 2010.
Ghana before 1982 was leading Egypt, seven times champions of the AFCON who had only two AFCON trophies 1957,1959 when Ghana had four trophies at the time.Rev. Osei Kofi made these comments based on unfulfilled promises made to previous AFCON players who won the trophies several decades ago making Ghana a power house in African football.
Speaking to CLASS 91.3 FM , Rev Osei Kofi said Ghana will only have to fulfil their promise to the winning squad if they want to end their 37 years of trophy drought in the AFCON 2019 making reference to Ecclesiastes chapter five versus four to six.
“Do you know Benfica? One of their coaches won the European Cup for them. They didn’t pay him and sacked him. He [Bela Guttman] cursed them that they will win the cup after a hundred years. They have gone to fifteen finals. They have not been able to win. The man is dead. They have gone to the cemetery to talk to him spiritually. Things are not going on well,” he said.
He added that “In Ghana, we haven’t cursed anyone. I’m a pastor, too, and I know. I visited another pastor and he told me, ‘Osei, do you know your group [1963 and 1965 Afcon winning team] have said something which is working against Ghana? The promises that Ghana promised you. Look at my age. I couldn’t put up a house because I used everything to win the Afcon for Ghana, and you refused to give it to me. What do you think will happen?’”
Osei Kofi was the joint top scorer in the 1965 Africa Cup of Nations tournament held in Tunis, Tunisia leading to Ghana winning the tournament for the second time and was also the third highest scorer in the 1968 Africa Cup of Nations. He was called the ‘WIZARD DRIBBLER’ because of his dribbling skills during his prime days as a footballer for the Black Stars of Ghana and Kumasi Asante Kotoko turning down a financial incentive to play in Europe at his prime in 1969.
BY: JOEL ESHUN