Dr Quansah rewarded for '65 AFCON triumph

Author: Kwaku Zurek
Dr Kwamena Oboe Quansah with Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Asiamah

Fifty-four years after Ghana's victory at the 1965 Africa Cup of Nations, Dr Kwamena Oboe Quansah, the team doctor of the winning team, has finally been rewarded by the state for his contribution.

Dr Quansah was initially left out when the government in 2014 redeemed a pledge of GH¢1.7 million to be shared among 95 former Black Stars players who won laurels for the nation at the 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982 AFCON tournaments.

However, at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Accra yesterday, the medical practitioner and football administrator who served as the vice chairman of the Ghana Football Association under Lawton Ackah-Yensu between 1983-1984 was finally recognised for his role.

He was presented with a cheque for GH¢35,900 by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Kwame Asiamah.

The 1965 AFCON triumph in Tunisia was Ghana’s second title at the senior level.

The Black Stars retained the trophy they won two years earlier on home soil after defeating Tunisia 3-2 in extra time, courtesy a brace by Frank Odoi and Osei Kofi in the final.

Six teams participated in the six-nation tournament, including Congo-Léopoldville, Ethiopia, Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal and Tunisia.