Jones Attuquayefio’s charity fetched over GH¢27,000

Organisers of the Sir Cecil Jones Attuquayefio charity game played between a select side and the Black Stars fetched over GH¢27,000.

Though the veteran Coach benefited a paltry $1000 from the entire game organised to celebrate him and support his throat cancer treatment, GNA Sports can confirm the game grossed in the region of GH¢27,500.

The amount which included GH¢14,000 as gate proceeds from the game played at the Accra Sports Stadium on June 29 also include a further GH¢13,500 from donations.

The donations which saw an Accra-based radio station, Joy FM, raising GH¢7,000 from the GH¢13,500 was meant for the celebrated trainer who ruled Africa in 2000.

GNA Sports can confirm that Black Stars striker, Asamoah Gyan doled out $3000 on the day of the game to the coach’s cause while captain John Mensah gave GH¢500 as his contribution.

While Gyan was the highest donor, personalities such as Kennedy Agyapong, former Management Member of Asante Kototo gave GH¢3000, comprising $1000  and a further GH¢1000 when Joy FM hosted the coach and his former players including Amankwah Mireku, Ishmael Addo and Emmanuel Osei Kuffour ahead of the game.

The breakdown of the donation that came through the radio station also include a GH¢1000 each from Minister of Communications, Haruna Iddrisu, Randy Abbey and famed lawyer, Ernest Thompson.

Ace broadcaster, Kwame Sefa Kayi and Egbert Faibille Jnr, Managing Editor of the Ghanaian Observer newspaper doled out GH¢200 and GH¢500 respectively to compliment a further GH¢300 donated by listeners identified as Fiifi and Thomas.

The organiser, Lawrence Opare-Otoo who in the build up to the game said part of the proceeds would be given to Attuquayefio and the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Department at the  Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, had so far given the former trainer a paltry $1000 and nothing to the plum hospital.

Information pieced together by GNA Sports indicates the National Sports Authority (NSA) waived all financial obligation related to the usage of the national stadium enabling Opare-Otoo the luxury of using the arena without a cost.

Opare-Otoo, a former broadcaster, it will be recalled was behind the fund- raising dinner for the Retired National Footballers Association of Ghana (RENFAG) in July, 2011 which was graced by Liverpool legend, John Barnes.

Attuquayefio is one of Ghana’s renewed coaches has for the last two years battled with throat cancer which has truncated his illustrious career which saw him chalk several successes.

He guided Hearts of Oak to the CAF Champions league title in 2000 and the Super Cup a year on. He was also at the helm when the Phobians won the maiden CAF Confederations Cup in 2004.

Source: GNA

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