Friday, September 11, 2009

Cecil the legend

A few weeks ago the GFA boss and his people honoured past Chairmen of the Football Association. That was, for me, the beginning of recognition, appreciaition and thanks in Ghanaian football after so long.

It may have been done in the past, but not at this high level. Now, I am pleased to see that Accra Hearts of Oak have followed suit.

The honour titled “Most Valuable Coach of the Century” was conferred on veteran coach, Cecil Jones Attuquayefio at a special ceremony in Accra yesterday.

The celebrated coach guided Hearts to four Premier League titles (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001) and two FA Cup titles (1999, 2000). The most notable, surely, is the Caf Champions League in 2000 and the Super Cup in 2001. He returned in 2005 to lead Hearts to win the maiden edition of the 2005 Confederations Cup.

For me, this is the beginning of gratefulness in Ghanaian football. Hearts say the decision to honour the coach is to immortalize his contributions to the success of the club.

Commodore Mensah, Board Chairman of Hearts of Oak said:

Jones can be described as the most celebrated coach of a club side in Ghana, especially among the coaches that have worked with Hearts of Oak.

“No Coach in Ghana, before him and till now, has won three (3) CAF Inter-Clubs competition gold medals.”

Not only in Ghana.

He was also named the CAF Best Coach in 2001 and guided the Squirrels of Benin to their maiden attempt at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2004.

I hope other clubs follow in this regard especially with builing stadiums and naming after club legends.

That would be very special.