Minister of Sports Signs Condolence Book

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuije, on Thursday, visited the family of the late Ben Koufie, former Ghana Football Association (GFA) president at his Dansoman residence, in Accra.

Mr. Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuije
Mr. Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuije

The visit, was to express his condolences to the bereaved family of the late coach.

Mr. Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuije
Mr. Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuije
The minister was accompanied by his Deputy Vincent Oppong Asamoah, who signed a book of condolence on behalf of the Ministry.

He expressed the ministry’s deepest condolence to a man that served his nation so well in a way he knew best.

In a brief address to the bereaved family, Mr. Vanderpuije urged the family to take solace in the fact that the late Ben Koufie lived a fulfilling life worth celebrating.

“Uncle Ben, as we affectionately called him, has achieved a lot for Ghana, Africa and the world at large. What he has done for Ghana, a lot people cannot do in the world. We need to celebrate his name and all he did, he was a man that is well respected and loved the job he was doing.”

“It was through Uncle Ben’s advice that I find myself at where I am today, he has been a great inspiration for me and I will forever respect him for that,” he noted.

Mr. Vanderpuije, used the visit to promise the family of government’s support to the family in difficult times the family is going through.

“We are here to sympathize with the family and to also let you know that, the funeral is not for only the family, but Ghana as a whole, whatever the family will agree upon, we urge you not to hesitate to let us know.”

A spokesman for the family, Abusuapanin Kwaku Tandoh, acknowledged the grief the family was going through saying “his death is a great lose to the family especially his wife, Mrs. Christian Koufie, but we can’t question God.”
“His one week celebration will take place on this Saturday, 16th July, 2016, at Cape Coast Anglican Cathedral, during which we will announce the funeral plans, after we will confer on government the plans for his burial” he added.

The late Ben Koufie has been the only person to play for the Black Stars, coached the stars and became the GFA Chairman in 2001-2003.

He also managed Zimbabwe National team from 1988-1992.

In his administrative career, Uncle Ben was the Technical Advisor to the Zimbabwe Football Association from 1981-1982 and the Technical Director of the Botswana Football Association from 1992- 2001.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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