Four Africa Cup of Nations legends, Rev. Osei Kofi, James Kuuku Dadzie, Kofi Pare, and Willie Klutse, descended upon the Black Stars’ training ground in Bengerville, injecting an extra dose of motivation ahead of their crucial group B clash with Mozambique on Monday.
Rev. Osei Kofi, a legendary figure in the annals of Asante Kotoko and Ghana football, stood atop the scoring charts during the 1965 AFCON in Tunisia, steering Ghana to a historic triumph. His prowess extended to the 1968 edition in Ethiopia, where he showcased his goal-scoring prowess once again, solidifying his status as a true football maestro.
Kofi Pare, an Olympic participant in the 1964 Summer Games in Tokyo, etched his name in Ghanaian football history as a vital member of the 1965 AFCON-winning squad. His incredible feat of scoring six goals in a single match remains unparalleled in Ghanaian football lore, marking him as a legend with a record that sparkles with brilliance.
James Kuuku Dadzie, hailed as one of Ghana’s finest central defenders, played an integral role in the historic 1978 and 1980 AFCON victories. Not only did he help Ghana secure a historic three-peat in 1980, but he also contributed to the triumph in 1978, cementing Ghana’s place in football history. His coaching expertise has further enriched the football landscape, guiding teams like the Black Queens, Mysterious Ebusua Dwarfs, and Tema Youth SC.
Willie Klutse, a member of the 1978 AFCON-winning squad, graced the Ghanaian football scene with his skills and determination. Now serving as the Technical Director of Inter Allies Football Club, Klutse’s influence extends beyond the pitch, guiding the next generation of football talent.
These living legends have been a constant presence in Abidjan since the commencement of the AFCON 2023 tournament, providing support from the stands during the group-stage encounters against Cape Verde and Egypt.
As the Black Stars gear up for their clash with Mozambique at Stade Alassane Ouattara in Ebimpe on Monday, January 22, 2024, the spirits are soaring high, fueled by the wisdom, experience, and unmatched legacy of Ghana’s football icons. The stage is set for a thrilling encounter, with the echoes of past triumphs reverberating through the hearts of the Black Stars, thanks to the indomitable spirit of Rev. Osei Kofi, Kofi Pare, James Kuuku Dadzie, and Willie Klutse.