Former Ghana Football Association Vice President George Afriyie says Liberty Professionals co-founder Alhaji Sly Tetteh has left an indelible memory in his life, he spoke to Collins Atta Poku on Wontumi Television on Thursday.
September 3, 2020 marked exactly 9 years since tragedy befell Ghana football as the Liberty Professionals bankroller collapsed and died on the spot during a charity match in Cape Coast.
Sly Tetteh is widely credited with developing great talents like of Michael Essien, Asamoah Gyan, Sulley Muntari, Kwadwo Asamoah, Derek Boateng, John Paintsil and many more who are now contributing to the exploits of the senior national soccer team, the Black Stars and founded Liberty Professionals together with Mr Felix Ansong.
George Afriyie, who has been a director of Liberty Professionals for over a decade told Wontumi Television during an interview that the memories left by Alhaji Sly Tetteh remains indelible.
“Some of us will never forget that day. I remember everything including days leading up to the event because of how valuable Alhaji Sly Tetteh was to us. He went to play in an anniversary match involving Liberty Oldies and Cape Coast Oldies which mostly coincide with the big festival in Cape Coast,” he recounted.
“I received a phone call from Mr Felix Ansong who delivered the bad news to me,” he added.
“I met Sly in the year 2002 that was when I came in very close contact with him. And, I can say that he paid his dues to football before leaving the arena,” he stated. “He had serious passion for football. He always used to say he doesn’t want to do anything apart from football.”
“I travelled with him across the length and breadth of the country in hunt for talents and we even crossed the borders of the country. His business was football and he dedicated his time to the game,” he said.
“He was the first Ghanaian to become a member of the Benin FA. It was through him that Sir Cecil Jones Attuquayefio became coach of the Benin national team. I want to state that no Ghanaian has reached the height he reached in football.”
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