How a small ardent supporter of my idol club's life was saved by Michael Akufo's goal on the evening of the Ghana's version of El Clasico
The Awere family of Accra shall forever be grateful to God Almighty and to Michael Akuffu for saving the life of their 8 years old son, Ebenezer Awere two weeks ago. But for the powerful late minute strike of Michael Akuffu to secure a win over Hearts, only God knows the story the family of the class 3 pupil at the Presec Staff Primary School would be telling by now.
Narrating the boy’s ordeal to Kotoko Express, his father, Lawyer Awere who is an active member of Circle 9 in the Greater Accra Region says he sat through the Kotoko-Hearts titanic clash in Kumasi via Television with his son. “We had a peaceful viewing of the match especially when his favorite club Kotoko was in the lead. But as soon as Hearts equalized, Ebenezer sunk into the seat and heaved a large sigh”. “Though he did not lose consciousness, he was so troubled by the goal that tears started rolling down his cheeks”.
“It was during the process that we were consoling and trying to get him stop crying that Kotoko scored the equalizer, and wonderfully, when he heard the loud shout of goal and saw that Kotoko fans were jubilating on the TV, he got out of the room and run out to celebrate the goal”. “His earlier posture really frightened us and we count ourselves lucky to have our son back,” Lawyer Awere said.
As Kotoko went to Accra to play Mighty Jets, the little Ebenezer Awere insisted that his father took him to the Ohene Djan Stadium so as to see Kotoko players at first hand. True the instrumentality of Executive Chairman, Dr. K.K Sarpong, Ebenezer had his wish granted as after sitting in the VVIP to watch the match, he was ushered into the team’s dressing room where he say the players, shook hands with them and had a photo shoot opportunity.
His joy was fully reached when he was introduced to Michael Akuffu. He was so humbled by the meeting that Ebenezer dipped his hand into his pocket and brought out his last money on him. As every one looked on, he stretched forth his hand and gave the money to Akuffu. So touched by the boy’s gesture, Akuffu later told Kotoko Express that he was going to frame the money and place it at a vintage point in his room. “It will forever remind me that when we do well, our performances save lives and vice versa when we flop”.