The mortal remains of one of Ghana’s finest boxing trainers, Emmanuel Nii Teiko Tagoe was laid to rest at the Osu Cemetery on Saturday after burial service at the Bukom Square.
The ceremony was attended by mourners and sympathisers mostly from the boxing community with Mr. Peter Zwennes, President of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) leading the association’s executive to pay their last respect to the accomplished trainer, popularly known as ‘Coach Akese’.
But what was supposed to be a moment of mourning and sadness turned into a celebration of boxing as boxers -past and present and coaches, filled the entire Square in a special display to pay their last respect to Coach Akese.
Led by Coaches Asare and Akai Nettey, close to 100 boxers, a few of which were women and children, stormed the Bukom Square to engage in exhibitions and shadow boxing as mourners took photographs, with others who were new to the scenes left with no choice but to applaud.
A section was also disappointed with the low-profile appearance of the boxing ‘show boy’ Braimah Bukom Banku Kamoko.
In the company of his wife, Banku lurked around the periphery of the Square but was later got involved when a section of the boxers pulled him to the Square where former Accra Great Olympics and Hearts of Oak midfielder, Joe Tagoe (Bobby Short) also joined the parade with his unique style of boxing.
Preaching the sermon, Rev. S.K Ampah of the Freeman Methodist Church, Bukom urged the youth in the area to emulate Akese’s virtues of hard work, dedication and commitment while urging them to be united.
In his tribute, GBA President, Peter Zwennes said Akese made a huge impact on the sport and deserves a place of pride alongside other greats such as Surpriser Sowah, Roy Ankrah, Attuquaye Clottey, Klutei Robertson and many others.
Coach Akese founded the Black Panthers Boxing gym and brought up boxers such as Emmanuel Clottey, Joshua Clottey, Osmanu Yahaya, Wonder Tackie and Stephen Okine.
By Andrew Nortey