Sports News of Thu, 27 Apr 201768
Ex-Ghana captain cries foul for being Excluded from Ghana’s finest 55 footballers
Ex Black Stars captain Kwesi Owusu is peeved at being excluded from the list of Ghana’s 55 finest footballers to grace the land.
The selection was compiled by Primeval Media and F&B Media Group to mark the Ghana 60 Years on celebrations and is aimed at honoring the best 22 players to have greatly contributed to Ghana football since independence.
The Committee put together some55 players which will be whittled down to 22 and be rewarded at a ceremony later in May, but surprisingly left out the former Bofoakwa Tano marksman.
Owusu, nicknamed the ‘Powerhouse’ of Ghana football captained the Black Stars in the 1970’s and 80’s and represented the nation at two Africa Cup of Nations, and two Olympics.
The towering giant was Ghana’s all-time top goalscorer with 40, a record he held for nearly 35 years before being broken by Asamoah Gyan in 2013.
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In an interview with Atinka TV’s Sport Court show, Owusu said the decision to exclude him from the list was unfair, and charged the committee to rectify what he describes as a huge anomaly.
Below are the finest 55 footballers put together by the selection committee:
Goal Keepers -No.1
Joe Carr-Sekondi Hasacas/ Kotoko. John Baker-Eleven Wise, Robert Mensah- Ebusua Dwarfs/ Kotoko, Dodoo Ankrah-Oly / Rep, Richard Kingston- Oly/ Galatasaray
Right Full Backs – No.2
Dan Oppong-Asante Kotoko, Frank Amankwa-Asante Kotoko, PSK Paha-Eleven Wise, E.C. Oblitey – Oly /Rep, Ben Kusi-Asante Kotoko,
Left Full Backs – No.3
Hans Adu Sarpei- Wolfsburg, Ofei Ansah- Hearts, Kwesi Appiah-Mine Stars /Kotoko, Frank Crentsil-Rep, Issac Asare – Anderlecht,
Central Defenders – No.4
Isaac Aquaye-Dumas/ Oly, Sampson Lamptey – Hearts, Frimpong Manso-Corners/Kotoko, Awuley Quaye-Oly, Sammy Kufour-King Faisal/ Bayern Munich
Central Defenders – No.5
Kuuku Dadzie-Sek Hasaacas/ Kotoko, John Eshun- Eleven Wise, Addo Odametey-Hearts/ Rep, John Mensah – Chievo Verona (Italy), Dogo Moro – Kotoko/ Rep
Adolf Armah-Hearts, Ibrahim Sunday-Kotoko, Joe Ghartey-Hearts, Aggrey Fynn- Sek Hasaacas, Michael Essien-Bastia(France)
Right Wingers – No.7
Baba Yara-Kotoko/ Rep, Osei Kofi- Kotoko, Yaw Sam-Kotoko, Ofei Dodoo-Hearts, Christian Atsu- Rio Ave (Portugal)
Forwards / Inside Rights – No.8
Dan Owusu-Bofoakwa Tano, Emmanul Quarshie- Hasaacas, Cecil Jones Attuquayefio-Rep /Oly, Stephen Appiah- Hearts/ Juventus (Italy)
Strikers – No.9
Wilberforce Mfum-Kotoko, Edward Acquah-Eleven Wise/ Rep, Opoku Afriyie-Kotoko, Anthony Yeboah-Corners/ Frankfurt (Germany), Asamoah Gyan- Udinese (Italy)
Midfielders /Inside Lefts – No.10
Abedi Pele-RTU/ Marseille, Samuel Opoku Nti-Kotoko/Gold Stars, Kofi Badu-Kotoko, Abdul Karim Razak-Corners/ Kotoko, Kofi Pare-Eleven Wise
Left Wingers – No.11
Mohammed Ahmed Polo-Hearts, Malik Jabir- Kotoko, Francis Kumi- Fankobaa/ Kotoko, Mohammed Salisu-Kotoko, C.K.Akunnor-Okwahu/Goldfields/Wolfsburg(Germany).