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06.02.2009 Politics

Veep backs Sarfo Abebrese's COSUA 2010 project (final)

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum - Ghanaian Chronicle
Veep backs Sarfo Abebrese's COSUA 2010 project (final)

This is the concluding part of the Vice President's support for Abebrese's COSUA 2010 World Cup project.

The group received the official Certification of Support from the A.U. Commission on 3rd April 2008 in a presentation made to Sarfo Abebrese at the A.U Headquarters in Addis Ababa, in recognition of COSUA's "contribution to the operationalization of the Declaration of the 8th African Union Assembly, adopted on 30th January 2007, on the International Year of African Football."

It would also be recalled that a series of publicized clashes between Sarfo and a politician in the sports ministry culminated in Sarfo 'fleeing' Ghana in 2007 under a barrage of charges, largely believed to be politically motivated to collapse COSUA in favour of the rival supporters group.

It was not until August 2008 that the Accra Circuit Court that had previously issued bench warrants for Sarfo's arrest, made a new order to rescind the warrants for his arrest, dismiss all charges against him and declare him a free man.

The Chronicle has learnt that Sarfo is still embarking on his tour of Africa to propagate the COSUA message from his base in South Africa, where he has been residing 'in exile' under a 6-year residence granted him by the South African government on the ticket of COSUA.

He has so far made successful state visits to Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana and Mozambique.

The up-coming inaugural ceremony in South Africa on 21st March is expected to kick-start COSUA's 2010 operations for the Confederations Cup and for the 2010 World Cup as well as any other international sporting event in which Africa would be represented.

Mr Abebrese told the Chronicle Sports in an interview apologized profusely for any financial inconvenience he might have caused anyone. He promised to clear all financial out standings in due cause.