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Osei Kofi We won 1965 Africa Cup of Nations to avoid imprisonment

Osei Kofi has revealed that the fear of being imprisoned motivated them to win the 1965 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON)

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The legendary, Black Stars winger, Osei Kofi has indicated that they won the 1965 Africa Cup of Nations to avoid being imprisoned.

On 21 November, 1965, Ghana won their second continental showpiece beating Tunisia, the hosts 3-2 in Tunis.

Ghana became the first country to beat the hosts on home soil and Osei Kofi has disclosed the fear of being jailed for breaking camp rules did the trick for them.

Ohene Djan did something: Ghana was short of foreign exchange, so if you want to travel you would have to go to the Bank of Ghana with your passport to change with your own money, twenty pounds, so that you can buy anything from where you are going,” he told Pulse.com.gh.

“And because Republicans was Asagyefo’s (Dr. Kwame Nrumah) own club, he (Ohene Djan) gave the passport of Republicans’ to them to go and change. What about Hearts and those teams? so I made the coup that if our passports were not given to us we were not going. It was late and by the time Ohene Djan, realised it was too late and the bank had closed.

“It was Mr. B.K Adusei, who sent us to his house and gave us the money and even added more and told us to forget about what has happened.

“I got to know that if we go and we don’t do well, I will go to Nsawam (prison) because I broke the rules of the camp and God being so good we went and won the cup and I was the joint top scorer and the best player of the tournament. These people (the current Black Stars) who are misbehaving, we give you $100,000 and you don’t perform? If it was the days of Nkrumah, they would have been in prison.”

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