Thursday, October 11, 2007
IBF CHAMP PRESENT TITLE TO GBESE MANTSE
By SETH OSABUKLE
Joseph “Fresh King Kong” Agbeko, the new I.B.F. Bantamweight champion has said he will continue to be loyal and respectful to the chiefs and people of Gbese for their support they have shown over the years.
“Although I was an orphan among you, I have always been treated as a royal and I thank your for that. The new champion remarked when he presented the title to chiefs and people of Gbese at the Gbesemantse Palace in Accra yesterday.
Mr. Peter Zwennes, Vice Chairman of the Ghana Boxing Authority who accompanied the champion said the GBA was much grateful for the role the Gbese Mantse, Nii Ayi Bonte II played over the years in the administration of sports and the support given to Joseph Agbeko.
He said since Nii Ayi Bonte also the “Adontenhene of the Ga state, it was only fair for him to be presented with the title first for his blessings.
Mr. Sammy Captain Chairman of the Control and Promotions of the GBA said for well over nine years the world title has eluded the nation but Agbeko has made both the Gbese Stool and the people of Ghana proud by bringing back the smiles.
Nii Okine Kasabrofo, Gbese Dzasetse called for the blessings of the land and the people to enable the new IBF champion climb to the highest in his chosen profession.
Nii Ayi Bonte II, who is the manager of Joseph Agbeko commended the role and efforts the new IBF champion has made in his career to make the nation proud.
He observe that Agbeko will go places, “from the very moment I started to manage him he was serious and took the national title in 1999 and went on to pick the African title the same year.”
“I also managed him to annex the W.B.F. title in 2001, the commonwealth title in 2004 and now the I.B.F. title, just like when I administered Accra Hearts of Oaks.
Nii Gbese however cautioned him not to be complacent but continue to respect his technical handlers and train hard for a brighter future.
The National Paralympic Committee (NPC) is organizing a justify your inclusion exercise for amputee footballers to select players for next month’s World Amputee Football Championship in Turkey.
The said justifier which takes place at the Nicholson Park, Burma Camp in Accra on October 13 and 14, starts at 9am daily.
A statement signed by General Secretary of NPC, Adjetey Sowah, requested interested clubs and players duly registered with NPC to submit their names at Accra Rehabilitation Centre on or before October 12.
It added that the NPC would not provide accommodation for any footballer or organization, while calling on fans to throng the Nicholson Park to cheer the players on.
The Ghanaian Times Thursday, October 11, 2007 Page: 31