Ghana's victorious 1965 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) players yesterday paid a courtesy call on former President John Agyekum Kufuor to formally invite him to their Golden Jubilee celebration.
The delegation, which comprised of Reverend Osei Kofi, Reverend Kofi Pare, Wilberforce Mfum, John Bortey Naawu, Dodoo Ankrah, as well as officials of the Despite Group of Companies called on the former President at his residence in Accra.
The leader of the delegation, Tweneboah Koduah, informed President Kufuor that the celebrations would begin on December 3 with a fundraising dinner for the 10 surviving members of the squad at the Sun Lodge Hotel in Accra.
The organizers said there would be a fundraising event which would be complemented by a football match slated for December 4 at the Accra Stadium between Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Ghana's 1992 AFCON silver medal-winning team.
Rev Osei Kofi, a member of the squad, expressed gratitude to the former President for his continuous support for the Retired National Football Association of Ghana (RENFAG).
He further disclosed that it was under President Kufuor's administration that RENFAG was registered and also acquired an office for their administrative duties.
Former President Kufuor, in his address, commended the players for their commitment to the nation and called on all Ghanaians to contribute to the fundraising effort.
He said Ghana’s status as a football power house was as a result of the 1965 squad who he described as “originals” due to their total commitment and resilience that made them victorious.
Dan Kweku Yeboah of the Despite Group of Companies also disclosed that several players of Ghana's 1992 AFCON silver medalists, that included Prince Polley, Abedi Ayew Pele, Stanley Aboraa and Isaac Asare, have all confirmed their willingness to participate and honour their victorious predecessors.