A retired Kotoko footballer, Rev. Osei Kofi, has thrown missiles at his former club for neglecting Abubakari Gariba, a retired Asante Kotoko player who has been in the news begging to foot his bills.
“It’s an embarrassment to Asante Kotoko Soccer Club; this should tell us that when you serve you wouldn’t be rewarded. If the nation does not assist him, what is Kotoko doing? He asked.”
In an interview with Nhyiraba Kwabena Asirifi on Rainbow Sports, Rev. Osei Kofi said, the former Talisman Abubakari Gariba affectionately known for his saying “goal Mafife” was financially challenged long time ago, and it took his friend and a brother of former President Mahama and ex-executive member of Kotoko to foot his bills but he has travelled out of the country.
Social media was awash with reports of the ex footballer who was once a formidable attacker for the senior national team and Kotoko begging to survive.
The story has generated mixed reactions among football lovers with some expressing pain at the current state of the player.
Meanwhile, the player has told Accra based Atinka Fm he was forced to become a street beggar in order to make a living despite his selfless efforts to the country.
But Rev. Osei Kofi says Kotoko has been embarrassed due to the sad story of their former player.
By: Kwakye Emmanuel (Intern, Rainbow Radio)