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Today In Sports History: Josef Ember sacked as Black Stars coach

On this day 18 January 1963 (Exactly 58 years ago today) ONE OF THE STALWART personalities in the soccer revolution of Ghana is Mr Josef Ember of Hungary -former national team coach. But his services to the nation and to the Black stars, in particular, were brought to a dramatic, albeit abrupt end 58 years ago today, after his two- year service.

On January 18, 1963, Mr Josef Ember, Ghana National Football Coach, had his appointment terminated by the Director of Sports, Mr Ohene Djan, because, reportedly, the Central Organisation of Sports (C. O. S), could no longer pay for his services.

Mr Ember had his appointment terminated not long after he had arrived from Hungary after three months leave . And what surprised Ember was that, before he left for Hungary, Mr Ohene Djan had paid him a special tribute at a cocktail party organised by the C. O. S. for him and his wife.

Mr Ohene Djan said that Mr Ember “is the only coach whose contract has been renewed by the C. O. S. because of his good services”. He said it was through Mr Ember’s guidance that the Black Stars made a successful soccer tour of the Eastern European countries and proved themselves the unbeaten champions on the continent of Africa.

The Director said he hoped Mr Ember would continue to impart his good soccer knowledge to the future Ghana footballers on his return from leave to assume a new post, as the Technical Advisor to C. O. S. on football training methods.

It was the same day C. K. Gyamfi was appointed the Ghana national football coach in the absence of Ember.

But the knowledgeable coach returned from Budapest only to receive the bombshell.
And so the nation was in danger of losing the adroit and most competent coach. However, the Fabulous Club, Asante Kotoko, came to the rescue and thus won the singular honour of being the only club in the country to employ a full time coach.

The following day, 19th January, 1963, Asante Kotoko employed Ember as it’s full time coach and signed a two- year contract with him.
This sensational development followed only a few hours after the news of the termination of Ember’s appointment with the Central Organisation of Sports by Mr Ohene Djan, Director of Sports, had broken out.

A statement from the Club, issued simultaneously in Accra and Kumasi on 20t January, said Ember’s employment had been made possible by the magnificent liberality of two Accra businessmen, Mr B. K. Edusei, a contractor, and Albert Owusu Ansah, Managing Director of a firm of Architects.

Both men, the statement said, had guaranteed the salary of Ember for the two -year contract period. Mr Edusei told the Press that they had decided to employ Ember because they felt he was a “very brilliant coach whose departure from Ghana would have been a rather sad lose to football “. He said they had given the coach the same terms as he received under the C. O. S. Mr Edusei said further that the coach would have absolute freedom to develop the club in his own way.

With Ember in charge, Asante Kotoko won the 1963/1964 League, set record for not losing a match in the first round (W16 D1 L0).

Source: Happyghana.com

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