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26.11.2005 Sports News

Arthur and Ghana Soccer

By Kwasi Amo-Mensah
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George Arthur has not had it smooth in his ambition as a soccer adminisrator after his playing carreer. Many are those who blame him for the miserable condition of BA United few seasons ago. Obviously, his leadership days with the club was somehow disappointing.

He has been on the quiet since his departure as a chief executive of B A United until recently when he came out to suggest the re-naming of Sunyani Coronation Park after Agyemang Gyau, an ex-Ghana International. He has that huge reputation of excellence as an ex- player of both BA United and Asante Kotoko.

As far back as 1982, he was a regular feature of BA United and had the oppotunity of drawing inspiration from Ko! fi Nnum, Dan Owusu, Ben Fokuo before joining Asante Kotoko in 84 alongside Saara Mensah and Opoku Sampane.

He contributed emensely to Kotoko`s defeat of WAC of Morocco in the African Clubs Championship cup competition in 1987. As if that was it all, he recorded as one of the few Kotoko players lucky to score a brace against potent Hearts of Oak. Arthur then in Black Stars camp, played on request of Kotoko and gave his side a two nill win in a first round league match in Accra.

On his return to BA United after his play abroad, he really combined experience with hardwork to push the club to another level with Joe Okyere, Awudu Adama, Kwaku Fori, Ekow Badu, Anane Kobo etc. The following season saw him back in Kotoko alongside Joe Okyere before joining Ahly in 94. He made all the difference, giving Asante Kotoko a late winner against&n! bsp; Goldfields in Kumasi and began the slaughter in Kotoko`s 3:0 win over Merekeih of Egypt in 93 with a fifth minute goal.

In his last days with Kotoko in 1999, the good old Arthur became more inspirational to Ernest Boateng, Muhamed Polo, Esumang Dadzie, Prince Adu Poku etc. He still played a typical George Arthur football combined with discipline.

I am waiting for a day to see Arthur as a coach since he has what it takes to breed players to bring glory to the nation. Ghana soccer would keep seeing a lot of him so far as he is still associated with the game.

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