Wed, Oct

Hundreds pay last respect to Coach Akese

The late Akese (left) celebrates a recent victory with his boxer Emmanuel Tagoe and his manager Asamoah Gyan (right)

Hundreds of mourners last Saturday thronged  Bukom Square in Accra to pay their last respect to respected boxing coach, Emmanuel Teiko Tagoe alias Coach Akese, who passed away two months ago after a brief illness.

Among the mourners were the Minister of Youth and Sports, Nii Lante Vanderpuye; president of the Ghana Boxing Authority(GBA) Mr Peter Zwennes and  Joshua Clottey, fomer WBA welterweight champion.

At a brief funeral service held at the Bukom Square in James Town, various personalities paid tributes to the boxing trainer, who was once a boxer and  a footballer as well.

In his tribute, Mr Zwennes, said Coach Akese, 59, was a gem whose conduct both within and outside the ring should be emulated by young boxers.

He said the nation had lost a great sporting icon whose loss would take  a long time to replace. He called on government to do more to better the lot of sporting coaches.

The casket containing the mortal remains of  Akese was later laid to rest at Osu Cemetery.

The late coach Akese was buried few metres away from another legendary coach, Godwin Kotey Dzanie, alias Alloway, who passed on earlier this year.

The late Akese once handled some of the leading boxers in the country,  including Ike Quartey, Joshua Clottey, Emmanuel Clootey, Joseph Agbeko, George Ashie, Braimah Kamoko, alias Bukom Banku, and Ayittey Powers.