Ghana's No. 1

Attuquayfio dismisses claims he is a pauper

Published on: 25 October 2011

Celebrated Ghanaian coach Cecil Jones Attuquayfio has rubbished a recent newspaper publication that curing a throat cancer has left him bankrupt.

The Globe Newspaper, owned Omni Media, reported that he was in dire financial difficulties and wanted to mobilize funds for him.

The publication had a lot of public sympathy and forced Hearts of Oak official to pay him an unexpected visit last week.

Excerpts were later played on Accra-based Citi FM, also owned by Omni Media, in view of soliciting for funds.

Fuming with rage, Attuquayfio, explained how a journalist walked into his home with the intention of interviewing him.

The 2000 African Coach of the Year claims the lines of discussion were mainly about his health, the sudden demise of Liberty Professionals' owner Alhaji Sly Tetteh.

The said journalist also picked his thoughts on the upcoming Hearts Centenary programme.

"I have never on any platform mentioned that I needed help financially to see through this ailment," Attuquayfio told the Hearts of Oak official mouthpiece.

"Indeed it took a worse turn a couple of days ago but by the grace of God I'm fine and getting better.

"I want to state here categorically that those who are out there soliciting for funds for me should put a stop to it with immediate effect.

"I am not a pauper and I will never be. I have a responsible family and friends who take care of me on daily basis."

He added that monies or contributions which have already been amassed in his name should be given to charity homes.

Attuquayfio led Hearts to win the Caf Champions League in 2000 and also guided Benin to secure historic Nations Cup finals berth in 2004.

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