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Osei Kofi shares Ambassador Hotel memories

Published on: 22 August 2011

By Ameenu Shardow

Its exactly 46-years since Osei Kofi was awarded the best player by Ghana's first President Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

Memories of that fateful night was revisited at the same venue (then Ambassador Hotel) now Movenpick during the maiden edition of the MTN FA Cup awards on Sunday.

"That was in 1965 when Ghana defended the Africa Cup of Nations we won in 63 here in far away Tunisia," Kofi told

"And when we returned, there was a State banquet, not an FA organized event at this same Ambassador Hotel which is now Movenpick.

"I was honoured as the footballer of the year in 1965 and could you believe, the whole congregation was asked to stand for a special song to be played for a small boy like me at the time."

The now Reverend has hailed that day is the highlight of his football career which spanned over a decade.

"It was one of my greatest moment because we were purely amateurs who were honoured to just wear the national jersey and that day I was given a special certificate by the first president of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kewame Nkrumah."


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  • A concerned citizen says:
    August 22, 2011 03:48 am
    Wizard dribbler,one man symphony orchestra, the man with four legs were some of the superlatives which were used to describe Osei Kofi by commentators and soccer analysts. The above mentioned description tells it all and i was blessed to see his hey days. Apparently he could carry the whole Kotoko team or the Black Stars team on his shoulders to win a match. His dribbling skills were exceptional that commentators search for words to describe him. He posses a lot of foot works coupled with body swerves in a very fast way as a right winger. Although he was a right winger but he was given a free role whereby he could go every where on the field. He could meander his way through his opponents defense like a knife cutting through butter and even teasing the goalkeepers to score as if they were hypnotized. Basically, he scored Robert Mensah [was one of the best goalkeepers in the world in those days]when Kotoko played Dwarfs in cup match in those days.In view of this, Robert had to switch from Dwarfs to play for Kotoko. The Nigerians branded Osei Kofi the man with four legs which means Osei Kofi had an extra two invisible legs which helped him to do his magic on the field. He was very fast on the ball and he could tease defenders and the goalkeepers to score as if they have been hypnotized. He scored Gordon Banks who was the best world goalkeeper by that time when Kotoko played Stoke City in a friendly international match and that was when they decided to buy him. He was even compared to George Best of England and you can just imagine how exceptional Osei Kofi was by that time. Apparently, he could dribble pass his opponents, tease them by leaving the ball behind, come back again to pick the ball and change the direction on a very fast note to confuse his opponents only to lay a pass for Wilberforce Mfum or Edward Aquah or Kwasi Owusu to score the goal. I would therefore appeal to the G.F.A to help Rev, Osei Kofi to compile a documentary film of his soccer history.
  • PENDRIVE says:
    August 22, 2011 09:35 am
    I totally agree with you in terms of compiling his old days clips so that it could inspire the up and coming ones.
  • Rattus says:
    August 22, 2011 10:19 am
    I really really wish I could see some clips of our former Stars in action.