Four Ghana legends, Rev. Osei Kofi, James Kuuku Dadzie, Kofi Pare, and Willie Klutse, made a morale-boosting visit to the Black Stars training ground in BengerVille on Saturday, ahead of their crucial final Group B match against Mozambique on Monday.
The legends, currently in Côte d’Ivoire to support the team during the ongoing 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, shared their wisdom and experience with the players, hoping to inspire them towards victory.
Rev. Osei Kofi, a legend of Asante Kotoko and Ghana, was a joint top scorer in the 1965 Africa Cup of Nations and played a key role in Ghana’s second tournament win. He also finished third in the scoring charts at the 1968 edition.
Kofi Pare, a member of the 1965 winning squad and Olympian, holds an enviable record: scoring six goals in a single match, the highest ever recorded in Ghana.
James Kuuku Dadzie, considered one of Ghana’s finest defenders, was part of the historic teams that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1978 and 1980. He played a crucial role in Ghana becoming the first country to win the trophy three times, scoring in the 2-0 final victory over Uganda in 1978. Dadzie also enjoyed managerial success with the Black Queens, Ebusua Dwarfs, and Tema Youth SC.
Willie Klutse, another member of the 1978 winning squad, scored against Nigeria in the tournament. He currently serves as Technical Director of former Premier League side Inter Allies.
The legends, present since the tournament’s start, cheered the Black Stars on from the stands during their matches against Cape Verde and Egypt.
Ghana now faces a do-or-die clash with Mozambique at the Stade Alassane Ouattara in Ebimpe on Monday, January 22nd. Victory is essential for their qualification to the knockout stage.