Rev. Osei Kofi unaware of goals’ record

OSEI KOFIIFORMER African Cup of Nations (AFCON) winner, Rev Osei Kofi has disclosed that he was not aware of being the record holder for the most goals scored by a Ghanaian player in the 58 years history of the tournament.

A veteran of three AFCON tournaments in 1963, 1965 and 1968, reverend Kofi said he was shell-shocked when he heard that current captain of the Black Stars Asamoah Gyan had equaled his record after his last gasp effort against Algeria at the on-going AFCON in Equatorial Guinea last Friday.

The two times AFCON winner in 1963 and 1965 scored 7 goals in two tournaments, 3 goals in the 1965 finals in Tunisia before scoring 4 goals in the 1968 finals in Ethiopia.

But speaking on Asempa FM yesterday the 74-years old reverend revealed that he was not in the know as to holding any record of that sort until news began to make the rounds over the weekend.

“I never knew of any record of that sort in my name till after the Ghana-Algeria game when I got wind of it.”

The surprise sounding former player stated that he unknowingly achieved that feat not as a striker but as a play maker during his days with the national team, noting that if he knew such an achievement will be recorded he would have been selfish and go ahead to score himself, because he had the ability to do so at that time.

“I was not a striker back then, I was only a supplier of balls for strikers to score but if I knew such things would become important one day, I swear God I would never have fed the strikers back then but go ahead and score myself.”

“We had a united front then, we all could score and am sure that was the reason for our successes during my playing days, but now premium is placed on strikers scoring than any other player on the field,” he stated.

He expressed delight at his feat and congratulated Gyan for equaling his record, adding that the present captain of the team has more years ahead of him to surpass him and extend the record further.

The ‘dribbling Wizard’ as he was affectionately called during his playing day’s was however sad that it took Gyan more than three tournaments to equal the record, stating that with the increased number of participating countries, he should have broken such a record long ago.

“Records are made to be broken and with such a record on his mind I believe it would spur him on to greater heights for himself and the national team.”

By Raymond Ackumey

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