All is set then for the commencement of what promises to be a great occasion at the Accra Sports Stadium this Friday, 29th June at 5pm.
Members of the famed ‘battalion 64’ regiment of Accra Hearts of Oak will together with other players, friends and fans, influenced directly or indirectly by the man affectionately called Sir Cecil Jones, take part in a charity match in his honour.
Speaking at a Press conference to officially launch the event, Mr. Mike Nii Abossey – a representative of Primeval consult, primary organizers of the event – highlighted the main reasons for the charity match which are to raise funds for the nose, throat and ear section of the Korle-Bu teaching hospital and also to aid Cecil Jones as he continues his recovery from a life threatening and debilitating illness.
Mr. Abossey was at pains to stress that the former Hearts of Oak coach had impressed on the organizers to emphatically state that Jones himself had not appealed for any funds or help from his legion of followers.
GFA communications director Ibrahim Sanni Darra, also present at the launch, spoke of the FA’s unflinching support for the initiative. The match according to the FA representative “falls in line with the FA’s vision of honoring past heroes who have served the nation in years gone by and are now struggling financially.”
He spoke of the FA’s plans of setting up an endowment fund. Ibrahim felt it was key to “honour servants of the nation while they remained alive and not dead.”
Also present at the launch were key members of the Accra Heart of Oaks side that famously conquered Ghana and Africa in the late 90’s and the early part of this decade. Emmanuel Osei Kuffuor (the general), Ishmael Addo, Amankwa Mireku, Jacob Nettey, Obed Ansah and Bernard Dong Bortey all took turns to pay verbal tribute to the only ‘Sir’ in Ghana’s football history.
Players guaranteed to participate in the game include John Boye, Anthony Annan, John Mensah, Isaac Vorsah, Kwadwo Asamoah, Stephen Appiah, Emmanuel Adebayor and other players who will feature for the Black Stars team.
The aforementioned players of the feared ’64 battalion’ will reunite to pay homage to one of the greatest coaches ever seen in Africa for a ‘friends of Attuquayefio select side.
Maxwell Konadu, the current assistant coach of the Ghana Black Stars will coach the Black Stars team; Sam Arday will coach the other side dubbed ‘friends of Sir Cecil Jones Attuquayefio.’
The rates for the game are as follows:
Tickets for the North and South gates will sell for ¢Gh 3; Osu Stand – ¢5; Lower VIP – ¢7; Upper VIP – ¢10 and VVIP, ¢15.
Security for the game will be provided by the National Sports Authority ably supported by the Ghana Police Service.
Side attractions will include a raffle for which the first three winners would each be given a flat screen television.
Cecil Jones Attuquayefio once served as a vice-president of the GFA and also won the maiden edition of the CAF confederations cup with Accra Hearts of Oak in 2004.
The games kicks –off at 5pm at the Accra Sports Stadium this Friday, 29th June, 2012.