Ghana football legend Reverend Osei Kofi has shockingly revealed that he reduced his age by two years during his career as a professional footballer.
The former Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko player was born on the 3rd of June 1940 but decided to use 3rd of June 1942 as his official age.
According to him the age reduction in football is something that started in the past in Ghana to aid footballers in their careers.
"The reason why we do that is because it was difficult to compete in the football world with original ages since most of the players were also into the age reducing cheat," he told Asempa Sports
Reverend Osei Kofi won the African Cup of Nations with the Blacks Stars in 1963 on home soil.
He was part of team which successfully defended their crown in Tunisia 1965 where he finished joint top scorer of the tournament.
Kofi was also the third highest scorer in the subsequent tournament in Ethiopia 1968.
Story by Asempa sports, Enoch Worlanyo Wallace/Joshua Acquaye