Koufie challenges national team record of Abedi Pele

Published on: 20 October 2011

By Ameenu Shardow

Former Ghana FA boss Ben Koufie insists Abedi Pele is not the all-time top goalscorer for the Ghana national team.

Records available installs the ex Olympique Marseille player as such with 33 goals scored in his 16-year stint with the Black Stars but this has been strongly contested by Kwoffie.

“I haven’t seen anywhere that Abedi is the all-time top goal scorer for this country and I don’t think Abedi himself has made claims to that record,” he told GHANAsoccernet.com.

“He has helped us in the past by scoring crucial goals but I don’t think he is saying that his is the top goal scorer of this country.”

On the contrary, the Fifa instructor suggests deceased Edward Acquah stands tall in his list of superior goals scored for the Black Stars but has been denied the accolade due to poor record keeping.

“This was a player (Acquah) who scored five goals in one international match for Ghana.

“He scored against a goalkeeper like Yashin when he was the world’s no.1 at that time in Moscow and in Ghana and therefore I have no doubt at all that he is the best goal scorer this nation has ever produced.”

Comments

  • Musah fifa
    says: 7 years ago
    Mr Kwoffie, we are not talking about a player who scored a number of goals in one match, we are talking about a total of goals that he scored for the Black Stars, how many goals did Edward Acquah scored for Black Stars? give us the number of goals that he scored,because Abedi scored 33 goals for Black Stars, but we don't know the number of goals that E Acquah scored for Black Stars, so the record we have Abedi is the highest goal scorer for the Black Stars.
  • ghanaba
    says: 7 years ago
    I think musa fifa is right. I think if uncle ben want to challenge the record we have, he can take it upon himself to collate all the matches eddy featured for the black stars and the number of goals score in each. If he is able to do this and proof the current records wrong, some of us would wage a crusade to get him awarded a phD since he would have then filled a knowledge gap.
  • Oti-Asirifi
    says: 7 years ago
    Ben Kuofie is right, not just that, but that is the truth. Even wiwlberforce mfum and mohammed salisu scored more goals for the black stars than abedi pele.When Ghana won 7-0 in Russia Mfum alone scored five,just in one match.It's poor record keeping that is putting pele ahead of these heroes, i will write extensively on this soon
  • amy
    says: 7 years ago
    as far as i am concerned late Edward Acquah scored more than hundred goals for the black stars as he (Edward Acquah)said in an interview to a radio station in takoradi.
  • Mustapha, Paris
    says: 7 years ago
    I would like to go with the sentiments of Ben Kuofie because i believe Abedi Pele has not scored as much goals to merit the accolade of the best ever scorer of Ghana in history with a meager 33 goals. Unfortunately, the current supporters and the current group of journalists dont also know what actually transpired at those "olden" times so they in a way are not well informed. However, we thank God people like Uncle Ben are around to educate us on the past. Has any one thought a minute as to why Ben Kuofie is being called Uncle Ben? Your guess is as good as mine!
  • Musah fifa
    says: 7 years ago
    Mr Oti-Asirif,try to understand what we are talking about, we are not talking about the number of goals you scored in one match, we are talking about the total number of goals one scored for the Black Stars, and Abedi has 33 goals in number for the Black Stars, now give us the number of goals that Mr Mfum, Mr Mohammed Salisu, and Mr Edward Acquah scored for Black Stars, one by one.
  • JOE ATISO
    says: 7 years ago
    WHY WOULD SOME MINNOWS ON THIS FORUM CHALLENGE UNCLE KWOFIE WHO HAS BEEN THERE UP TO THIS POINT? THIS AND MANY OTHER INSTANCES LACED WITH FANATICISM HAS BEEN IN PART THE CAUSE OF INDISCIPLINE AMONGST OUR YOUTH OF TODAY. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG OR INCORRECT ABOUT WHAT UNCLE BEN SAID AND MUST BE ACCEPTED AS SUCH. UNCLE BEN SIMPLY SAID THAT ABEDI'S LEADING GOAL SCORING CLAIMS ARE INCORRECT AND DEBATABLE AS COMPARED TO THE RECORD OF HIS PREDECESSORS DUE TO POOR RECORD KEEPING IN THOSE TIMES. THIS REMINDS ME OF THE CONSTANT DEBATE I'VE BEEN HAVING WITH SOME YOUTH OF TODAY ABOUT ALL TIME EXCEPTIONAL FOOTBALLERS IN THE COUNTRY. IT'S JUST A SHAME THAT WE DON'T EVEN HAVE CLIPS OF SOCCER MAESTROES LIKE OSEI KOFI, MFUM, ESSUMAN(BABY PELE),OPOKU AFRIYIE,KOFI BADU, PAPA ARKO,AHMED POLO,ADOLF ARMAH,FRANK ODOI, AND MANY OTHERS DUE TO THE MORON JJ RAWLINGS CONSTANT COUPS THAT DESTROYED MOST OF THESE DATA AT THE GBC. I OFTEN HEAR THESE YOUNG LADS CLAIM THE PLAYERS WHOM THEY'VE BEEN SEEING ON TV FOR THE PAST 10 OR 15 YEARS ARE THE BEST. I'LL ADVISE OUR LATTER DAY SAINTS ON THIS FORUM NOT TO GLORIFY THEIR STARS OF YESTERYEAR AT THE EXPENSE OF THE OLDTIMERS BECAUSE OF OUR(GHANA) POOR RECORD KEEPING.
  • homy
    says: 7 years ago
    Pls uncle Ben, I tot u av leant some lessons from the way u were overthrown as FA prez. U av to tok with facts and figures not feelings and sentiments. Wat is the numba of goals those u claim scored? Pele av 33. U said exc. Committee can't overthrow u when the law is clear they av the power. Pls learn
  • dr spuu
    says: 7 years ago
    please ben k. give us stats or shut up...you talk too much
  • Musah fifa
    says: 7 years ago
    look my brother i can say something about some of those players you mention, like Osei Kofi, Mfum Essuman(baby Pele), Opoku Afriyie(Beyie), kofi Badu, Papa Arko(Bob Marley), Ahmed Polo, (Golden boy) Abdul Razak, Agyemang Prempeh, Dan Kayode, Adolf Armah, and the rest of them, there are many of them you can't mention, but no one has taht number of 33 goals, because no one among all this players that play Black Stars for more than ten years, and Abedi play for almost sixteen years and he's scoring goals for Black Stars, but we have some players whom scored more goals in one match like three four goals in one match, but that doesn't mean that person is the highest goal scorer for the black Stars, i'm not a child of yesterday,i know some history of the black stars, the history of Ghana Black Stars is not more than what we can't tell, and is not more than 48 years, and if there is anybody who can give us the number of goals of any player in Ghana who scored more than 33 goals for Black Stars should give us please.
  • big bro
    says: 7 years ago
    OH MY GOD, What is the basis of Uncle Ben's assertion? That Abedi scored 33 goals is an imperical and verifiable fact. However How many goals has the edward acquah scored? If uncle ben cannot tell us then he should shut up less he is accused of being envious. It is like saying that the black stars of old are better than the current ones. give us facts or ......
  • princeking
    says: 7 years ago
    very interesting,i want us to think how many goals has the black stars as a team has since it was formed as a national team if this is known then the ques of who has bang in more will be known. Again i want us to start counting 4rm 1982 till he hang his boots how many goals pele socred.
  • ras nick
    says: 7 years ago
    Oooh!why?WHY?whySO MUCH HATE 4 DIS GUY,i mean why?can someone tell me why?ABEDI IS THE BEST:PERIOD!!!
  • kwasi
    says: 7 years ago
    total nonsense,please speak to the issue and stop behaving like a political footsoldier,if you don't know how many goals the others scored,just shut up and stop speculating,jealousy go kill you
  • sabato
    says: 7 years ago
    wht is dis old man talking abt? Acquah scored 5 gls in a match n so wht? Hw many yrs did he play 4 de BS? And 2 say dat he scored agst de world no 1 at dat tym,doesn,t make him our record goal scorer. Gyan scored agst Cech at a tym he was no 1 in the world during 2006 WC. I can also say Pele scored more than de 33 gls. Dis was a player who pld 4 16 yrs n was scoring al de tym 4 de bs. He carried the team on his shoulders n al dat. Uncle Ben, pls give us a brk.
  • oti-asirifi
    says: 7 years ago
    this is a sick mind