Renowned football commentator and owner of the Africa Sports newspaper, Kwabena Yeboah, has revealed his devastation and inconsolable mood at the death of President John Atta Mills.
Mr. Yeboah says the just departed president was a close pal and a man he has known for ages, even once sharing a bathroom with.
“I have always held the belief that death is inevitable and that sooner or later, everybody will die and that our continued existence is a just a postponement of the inevitability of death.
“So when someone dies, I normally don’t cry but yesterday I was devastated. I couldn’t take it, I parked my car by the road side when I heard the news and cried so much,”
Kwabena Yeboah said as he burst into wild tears on live radio Wednesday morning. Kwabena Yeboah whose father-in-law Harry Sawyer worked with Atta Mills, got to know the former President through his father-in-law and he they shared a good rapport.
“I’ve known him for over two decades and he always called me ‘Kotoko man’ and I also referred to him as ‘Hearts man.’. He was an epitome of the saying ‘good name is better than riches.’ He transcends all political affiliations,” Kwabena Yeboah said.
“Even if you are a political opponent, you are very reluctant to criticize the man. I don’t believe that people are shedding crocodile tears. People genuinely love the man. He was extraordinary. This was a president who was most approachable,
very humble and honest.”
Kwabena Yeboah has no doubt at all that if a human being appreciated democracy and it’s tenets in every sphere of life, then one could not bypass the departed John Evans Atta Mills. He recounted:
“We all know he preferred Abedi Pele for the CAF position instead of Kwesi Nyantakyi. And in Africa where presidents were totally in control, I knew if it was other countries, there was no way he would back off. But when the GFA met him and explained to him why they wanted Nyantakyi, he just apologized and gave them his support. That is how humble and democratic the man has always been.”
That’s a not all, the celebrated Mr. Yeboah, a veteran of the Ghanaian sports industry also recalls another instance from 1991 when Atta Mills was Chairman of the Management Committee of the Black Stars. Kwabena Yeboah said:
“I remember when Burkhard Ziese took over and the Black Stars were about to play Nigeria in the qualifiers to Senegal ’92. Eddie Ansah was then playing in Nigeria and as we saw the coach wanted to use him, we were all afraid that Eddie Ansah was going to play hanky-panky with us. But Atta Mills told us at the camp in Winneba: ‘this is a new coach with his new strategies; let’s leave him to do his job.’ That’s how democratic he was.”