Ghanaian football icon Rev. Osei Kofi has shockingly disclosed that Abedi Ayew Pele doesn’t come close to him and as such suggested he doesn’t deserve a mention as the country’s all-time best footballer.
Osei Kofi, a two-time AFCON winner with the Black Stars was a tricky winger in his days. He played for both Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko and is famous for rejecting a lucrative move abroad to Stoke City just to play in the local game during his time.
He has often been resourceful when depended on for narrations of some of the old football glory stories involving Ghana.
In an interview with Akonoba FM in Sunyani, Osei Kofi who turned 80 years yesterday has shot down the idea of selecting an all-time best footballer for Ghana; a trend that has dominated the media in this COVID-19 period.
He also posits that even if such a thing should be done, it should be on generational basis with emphasis on players who won trophies for the nation.
He concluded that he has impacted Ghana football more than Abedi Pele.
“Let me tell you the truth, Abedi Pele played in Ghana for only a brief period. His playing career is centred mostly in France, so if we speak of players who impacted Ghana, he doesn’t get close to me,” Osei Kofi told Akonoba FM.
“Anyone who does a list of all-time best eleven for Ghana will do a mistake. You can only compile this list looking at generation by generation.
“Your trophies won will determine you earn a slot in such a prestigious list.
“Not when you go and play abroad and make a name then you become the best in Ghana.
“Those who stayed here, sacrificed and won laurels for the country are the ones who deserve such mention.
“Someone goes abroad, plays for money and you say he is Ghana’s all-time best.
“You can only do a generation by generation list,” he concluded.