Rev. Osei Kofi led Black Stars player revolt in 1970 - Elizabeth Ohene
Despite portraying as the most patriotic footballer ever to have played for the Black Stars, Osei Kofi has been exposed for leading player revolt in 1970.
The former Asante Kotoko and Ghana winger who is described as a Reverend now, descended heavily on Black Stars players for revolting against the government in 2014 leading to Ghana’s embarrassing outing at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Osei Kofi described the Black Stars players as being greedy, selfish and unpatriotic despite leading a similar revolt 49 years ago.
Former Minister of State in terms of Tertiary Education, who is a columnist for Ghanaweb and Daily Graphic, Hon. Elizabeth Ohene, has revealed in a recent article published in the state newspaper that Osei Kofi was the key orchestra of a player revolt in the Black Stars camp.
“When the Brazil 2014 Black Star debacle came, my devastation was total.
“Then I realised I was behaving like all those people who see the past as rosy and would make us believe that horrible things only happen in the present,” she wrote in the Daily Graphic.
“How could I forget that haggling over money has always been part of Black Stars culture?
“How could I forget that back in 1970, a certain widely celebrated Osei Kofi, now better known as Rev. Osei Kofi, led a boycott of Black Stars of the AFCON competition in Sudan?
“In today’s world, it probably would not have been handled any different from Brazil 2014,” she added.
Ironically, Osei Kofi, who has been a strong critic of the Black Stars and a historical source of information regarding the Ghana senior national team, has never mentioned his role in orchestrating the 1970 player revolt in Sudan.