Former Asante Kotoko Player, and Coach Malik Jabir has lauded the initiative of the family of the late BK Edusei for instituting the BK Edusei memorial Foundation cup.
BK Edusei was the brain behind the success story of the porcupine warriors in the 1970s.
“I had it in my mind but as a loner what can I do, so when the woman (Maame Yaa Edusei, CEO of B.K Edusei Foundation) informed me about the foundation I was very happy. So I will support her in every way, because it is a worthy call. B. K Edusei was not just a Kotoko Chairman, he was the next to Otumfour (Opoku Ware II), if any problem arises he solves it at his level. Even if you go behind him with a case to the palace, they will refer you to B.K Edusei” Malik Jabir told Fox FM in Kumasi.
“Nobody can match him. He single handedly secured plane tickets for thirty (30) players to Britain to play four (4) friendly matches he organized” he added.
Malik Jabir recounted ho the late BK Edusei bought for him a car even before he could learn how to drive.
“In 1968 he bought me a taxi even when I didn’t know how to drive then, that was the beginning of who I am today. He bought a car for (Rev) Osei Kofi too and did a lot for other players”
“I tell you, the whole Edusei family was involved to make us happy to play”.
Malik Jabir who rose through the ranks in the club expressed how BK Edusei defied all odds to to ensure the team travelled to Congo for the Finals, without the state supper.
“We won the first African Cup under him in Congo (in 1970), even at a time when GFA was not willing to sponsor the team to Congo, citing an outbreak of disease and he single handedly took up the responsibility” he said.
“The Foundation is not to raise money for the (Edusei) family, we are going to use it to help those players who won the 1970-71 Cup, look at the state of some of those players who won that cup, so let everyone get involved so we can raise funds to help these people ” Malik concluded.