Joseph King Kong Agbeko is angry at government and sports authorities for what he says is over-concentration on football to the detriment of other sporting disciplines in this country, and has expressed the fear that boxing could slump even deeper if the trend continues.
The Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation has been largely dormant since the resignation of immediate past president, Ray Quarcoo last year and are only due to elect new leaders on April 18 and Agbeko is sad by the lack of activity for a hugely talented pool of upcoming boxers.
Inspired by a group of amateur boxers from Kazakhstan who are currently in the US on a training tour, the former Ghana amateur team boxer took to Twitter to express his utmost disappointment at no such initiatives back home.
“Kazakhstan National Boxing Team on training tour. Ghana Amateur Team is definitely sleeping by now,” King Kong tweeted very bluntly.
Agbeko was even more damning with his projections for the sport should government continue to neglect the development of young boxers coming up.
“Ghana amateur boxing team can never win Olympic medals if the government keep supporting only football. Save boxing and save the street,” he cautioned.
And no one knows the benefits of such government support than Agbeko, who during his amateur days, they competed among themselves for years before becoming number one rated in his weight division to qualify to represent Ghana at the zonal level. He competed in Zone 3 games in Nigeria, Benin and Burkina Faso.
With the likes of Eddy Blay Snr and Col Sharpe in charge of amateur boxing, young boxers were camped at the Winneba Sports Complex to prepare for even just a zonal tourney, amid also travelling all over the country sparring among themselves.
Agbeko won one gold medal and two silvers at the zonal level and one bronze at the African championship as well as representing Ghana at the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games in Malaysia in 1998.