CONFEDERATION of Africa Football (CAF) Licensed Coaches Association of Ghana, has paid glowing tribute to the celebrated coach “Sir’” Cecil Jones Attuquayefio, calling him a friend and an inspirer whose works present a tall mountain for the upcoming generation to climb.
Coach Ken Augustt, General Secretary of the association told the Times Sports “Ghana has lost a gem and that vacuum will take many years to be filled.”
The former Accra Great Olympics, and Accra Hearts of Oak coach gave up the ghost on the wee hours of Tuesday at the Korle-bu Teaching Hospital after a battle with throat cancer.
The 70-year old coach who shot to the limelight after elevating Accra Hearts of Oak to the pinnacle of African football in 2001, winning all three CAF prestigeous club tournaments, notably the CAF Confederation Cup, CAF Champions League and CAF Super Cup, was survived by a wife and five children.
According to Coach Augustt, Jones, as he is often referred to, was a very dilligent coach who went about his job with all the seriousness it deserves.
“Jones was not just a senior colleague but a coach extraordinaire, a friend, brother and an inspirer. He inspired us many times when the going got tough. Sometimes, we look at his achievement and believe in your heart that success would crown your toils one day.”
“For the younger coaches, they have a lot of lessons to learn from this man. He is very strict, a disciplinarian but friendly, traits that ensured Hearts conquered all to win all there was to win in 2001.”
Meanewhile, veteran Ghanaian coach, J.E. Sarpong, has lashed out at “hypocrites” ex-trainees who have poured tributes in the wake of the death of the beloved Jones, reports ghanasoccernt.com.
The demise of the 70-year-old has triggered massive tributes from key stakeholders of the game including officials, players and fans.
The late Hearts of Oak coach was responsible for nurturing and honing the talents of many Ghanaian footballers until his demise.
The Ebusua Dwarfs trainer condemned his former trainees for neglecting him during his difficult moments, especially when he was bed-ridden for eight years due to a throat cancer.
“You will be seeing all the big players that came through Jones Attuquayefio coming to his funeral with big cars,” he lamented on Asempa FM.
“They will be donating big cash at the funeral but then you ask yourself where were they when the man was ill.
“How many were able to visit him when he was sick?
“We have totally lost the sense of nationalism for the people we claim are our heroes,” Sarpong bemoaned.
In another development, Hearts board member, Commodore Mensah has suggested that one of the stands at the Accra Sport
By Times Sports Reporter