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28.05.2003 Football News

Awards at Ohene Djan lectures

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Six distinguished sports personalities, administrators, coaches and a key industrial company, have been selected for awards at the 5th Ohene Djan Memorial Lectures which come off at the Novotel Hotel in Accra on Thursday, June 5.

A release from RICS Consult, organisers of the annual lectures said the awardees would be honoured for their contribution to the development of sports in the country.

They are Dr Yaw Nkansah-Gyane, Medical Practitioner and expert on sports medicine who was a former president of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC). He is at the moment a patron of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG).

Mr Walter Esposito, Managing Director of Akosombo Textiles Limited, a sports philanthropist, ex-Managing Director of erstwhile Akotex F/C and a patron of SWAG would also be honoured.

Other awardees include Mr Amarkai Aamarteifio, a lawyer by profession who is currently Consular of Swiss Consulate in Ghana and Lt.Col M.P. Simpe-Asante, former Commissioner of sports in the late General Acheampong's regime. He is credited with Ghana's first ever world boxing title triumph recorded by David Kotey Poison and the rehabilitation of the Kumasi and Accra Sports Stadia in 1978.

Odartey Annan, one of the pioneer tennis giants who scored many successes in the sport and played against the great Arthur Ashe and Stan Smith of the US (1972) will also pick an award.

Annan captained the national team for eight years and was National All-Comers Champion for 10 years. He is currently the head coach at the Aviation Social Centre in Accra.

Armstrong Agbana, a long-standing boxing coach who produced many championship gold medallist and world champions has also been selected for honour.

Unilever Ghana Limited, which built the Kumasi Sports Stadium as a gift to Ghanaians in 1958 would receive an award as the only corporate organisation in the line up.

The seven will be presented with plagues of honour at the lectures to be delivered by Dr. K. Obo Quansah by RICS Consult, Organisers of the annual programme.

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