Former Black Stars winger, Rev. Osei Kofi claims he is Ghana’s best footballer counting on an Afcon success and a three time Olympic games appearance as his ace cards.
The Ghana legend is not happy his achievements as a footballer is overlooked and not given the necessary recognition. “There is no respect for us nowadays but then no one can match what I have done in Ghana,” Osei Kofi claimed on Nhyira FM.
The septuagenarian, who preaches the word of God was quick to brush aside the achievements of players like Abedi Pele, Ibrahim Sunday and Abdul Razak, as he fumed claiming lack of respect for his person.
Osei Kofi has won the African Cup of Nations with the 1965 Black Stars squad and played at the Olympic Games three times. He featured prominently for Ghana’s two biggest clubs, Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko where his fans nicknamed him ‘the wizard dribbler’ for his prowess on the field of play.
His greatness on the field of play got him attracted to so many teams, and even in the days of the Ghana league not coming under the spotlight the current one enjoys, Rev Osei Kofi rejected an offer to play in Europe after being recognized as a hugely gifted footballer. In one memorable game, Asante Kotoko played against Stoke City in Ghana and he scored twice in a 3-1 victory over the English team. In a return encounter to England, Osei got another brace which made Stoke express an interest in signing him for a £30,000 move. The deal however could not see the light of day.
According to him, these achievements are enough to earn him the recognition as the nation’s best ever footballer despite the achievements of other great Ghanaians like Sunday Ibrahim, Abdul Razak and Abedi Pele who are the only Ghanaians to have won the African Footballer of the Year awards.
The three players also missed the opportunity to have played at the world cup as younger players like Stephen Appiah, Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari and Asamoah Gyan have all done.
However, Rev Kofi is adamant that he stands tall above the others because of his winning the AFCON and representing Ghana at the Olympics on three occasions.