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Ex-Kotoko team manager, Alhaji Yahaya Jibril pays tribute to the late Simms Kofi Mensah

By Michael Duah
Ex-Kotoko team manager, Alhaji Yahaya Jibril pays tribute to the late Simms Kofi Mensah
Ex-Kotoko team manager, Alhaji Yahaya Jibril pays tribute to the late Simms Kofi Mensah

The death of former Asante Kotoko chairman, Simms Kofi Mensah on Tuesday has prompted an outpouring of tributes to the football administrator.

Simms, who was an electrical engineer by profession, was chairman of the Porcupine Warriors from 1979 to 1981, with former President Kufuor, as Board Chairman was confirmed dead on Tuesday after battling a short illness.

Tributes have poured in thick and fast for the departed veteran sports administrator by former Asante Kotoko Alhaji Yahaya Jibril in an interview on Kumasi-based Agyenkwa FM.

Talking about the qualities of the late Simms Kofi Mensah will take us the whole year but what I can say is he was a good person

"I was recommended to Simms Kofi Mensah in 1989 by Opoku Afriyie because Opoku Afriyie was my boy during his days in Colts football under Alhaji Grusah"

"Simms Kofi Mensah did a lot of recruitment to form a good and strong team in Ghana and even on the continental level"

"Simms handed over to Yaw Bawuah in 1982 and Yaw Bawuah lead us to the 1982-83 final the CAF Club Championship of which we won the 1983 trophy"

"It is Simms reign when Kotoko beat Hearts of Oak in Accra by 3 -0 and we were difficult to beat in Ghana"

"I served Kotoko since the year 1953 as equipment boy and became the team manager in the year 1981 but was painfully sacked in 2005 after losing the maiden CAF confederation cup to Hearts of Oak"

"It's my prayer that God gives the Late Simms Kofi Mensah peaceful rest".Simms Kofi Mensah led the team to finals of the African Champions League which they lost to Egyptian giants Al Ahly.

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The following year Yaw Bawuah took over as chairman and won the African Cup.

A few years ago, SWAG honored him with a Lifetime Achievement award alongside Promotethene Freeman Kwame.

He was adjudged SWAG Chairman of the Year for 1982.

He died at age 80.

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