Former Asante Kotoko and Black Stars midfield dynamo, Abdul Karim Razak, has made a passionate appeal to the Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah, and the Sunyani Traditional Council to name the Sunyani Coronation Park after former Bofoakwa and Black Stars striker, Kwasi Owusu, who passed away last month.
Known in his playing days as ‘Power House’ for his brute force, Kwasi Owusu, who reportedly died in his sleep on Monday, March 30, scored 40 goals for the Black Stars and more than 100 goals for Bofoakwa Tano before hanging his boots.
He scored four goals in his maiden appearance for the Black Stars against Niger on September 21, 1969, when Ghana won 9-1 in Accra and played his last game against Guinea on December 14, 1975, during an Olympic qualifier which saw him hitting a hat-trick to power Ghana to a 6-2 victory.
Describing Kwasi Owusu as a calm player and one of the most prolific and selfless strikers Ghana has ever produced, Razak, aka Golden Boy, said the only befitting legacy Ghana could offer him was to erect a statue at the Sunyani Coronation Park and name the entire facility after him.
“I know the Ghana Football Association and the Ministry of Youth and Sports will as usual present a cash donation and a cow to the family during his funeral, but that will not be enough.
“A donation of GH¢1,000 and a cow that will be offered to the family will not be enough because that will be the end, and his name will soon fade away. His name as a warrior in football for the Sunyani Municipality and Ghana will soon be forgotten,” he lamented.
“He made Sunyani, in particular, very popular during his era, so naming the stadium after him will be a befitting legacy for his commitment, dedication and selflessness for Ghana football.
“It is for this reason that I am appealing that the Sunyani Sports Stadium be named after him as a legacy he left for Ghana and Bofoakwa Tano,” Razak stressed during an interview with Graphic Sports Online in an exclusive interview.
Recalling their playing days, especially when a popular Nigerian goalkeeper, Okala, slapped Kwasi Owusu at the Accra Sports Stadium during an encounter between Ghana and Nigeria, Razak said in the course of the game, Owusu challenged Okala during a goalmouth melee which left the stout Nigerian goalkeeper sprawling on the turf,
“When Okala got up, he rushed on Kwasi Owusu and slapped him. We thought Owusu would retaliate, but he just smiled and walked away, compelling the referee to flash his red card on Okala,” he recalled.
He said Black Stars players ended up teasing Owusu in the dressing room after the match for allowing Okala to bully him on the field. “But as usual, he ignored us and kept dressing up.“
According to Razak, the last time he saw his late teammate was when he (Razak) paid him a surprise visit in Sunyani, where they dined together and cracked jokes on their contributions to the development of Ghana football.
Pix- The late Kwasi Owusu- Former skipper of Black Stars and Tano Bofoakwa