By: Kwaku Oduro
Ex-Ghana Black Stars legend and 1963 and 1965 AFCON winner Rev. Osei Kofi has revealed exclusively to sports24online that nothing would make him consider the position of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Presidency.
There have been concerns about the lack of interest in the top job of Ghana Football by former legends who many Ghanaians believe have enjoyed success with the nation and could use their experience to reshape the new era of the Ghana FA. Names such as Fred Pappoe, George Afriyie, Kurt Okraku, Nana Yaw Amponsah and Wilfred Osei have all been widely reported as interested candidates.
The others include Kudjoe Fianoo, Alhaji Karim Grunzah and Alhaji Ali Raji.
Asked why he wouldn’t consider contesting for the GFA gaffer job in an exclusive interview with Kwaku Oduro of Sports24online, the former Kumasi Asante Kotoko playmaker said “Even if the President [Nana Addo Dankwa] Akuffo Addo asks me to take up the role, I will reject it. The reason is simple, I am a technical man and not an administrator. When even President I.K Acheampong asked me to take up the responsibility of a stadium manager back in his time, I told him point blank that I am not an academia but rather a technical person so he brought in Rex Danquah to assist me”.
He added that, “but if you still push me to mention names of former players, the two who I would gladly support if they should express interest in the GFA chairmanship position, would be Abedi [Pele] and [Tony] Yeboah because they’ve made it to the top so when they take up the job then we [can] support them with our experience. Remember we won the AFCON four times”.
The Wizard Dribbler was also quick to put on record that he is ready to support any qualified Ghanaian who gets the nod to lead Ghana football after the work of the Normalization Committee.
Rev. Osei Kofi was joint top scorer in the 1965 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Tunis, Tunisia when Ghana won the trophy. He also won with Kumasi Asante Kotoko, three Ghana Premier League titles (1964, 1965 and 1967).