History of Association of Sports For The Disabled (Asfod)
The Association of Sports for the Disabled (ASFOD) was formed from the Special Olympics Association under the leadership of Mrs. Ellen Essilfie who was then the Public Relations Director of the Volta River Authority.
It was established to develop, promote, maintain and control all sports activities for the disabled groups in Ghana namely;
· Physically Disabled (Amputees, -lower and upper limbs, Dwarfs or Midget, the Hunchback, polio and spinal Bifida victims)
· Deaf or hard of hearing
· Blind or visually impaired
Before the formation of the Association of Sports for the Disabled, activities in sports for persons with disabilities had strongly been going on in all the regions in Ghana notably, Greater Accra, Ashanti and Eastern under various Non Governmental Organizations, (Ghana Society for the Physically Disabled, Joni and Friends, Disabled Christian Fellowship International, Hope for Life, Association of the Deaf and Blind etc).
The first programme of the Association after its inauguration in 1995 was the 1st Tricycle Marathon Championship for the Physically Disabled sponsored by Shell (GH) Limited. The 42km Marathon was won by Mr. Torto Mensah of Greater Accra. Ashanti Region team dominated the track and field events and emerged as the overall winners.
As Disabled sports began to grow, coaches were appointed to train the disabled athletes for both local and international competitions. Among the first coaches for Disabled Sports were coach Samuel A. Aidoo from the Ghana Police Service and coach Caesar Dzikume who was in charge of Ashanti team.
It is worth mentioning that the first Executive committee of the Association of Sports for the Disabled was constituted under the recommendation of Group Captain Francis Darko Kumi, Chief Executive of N.S.C (1995). The founding Executive members included the following;
1. Mrs Ellen Essilfie - President
2. Mr Okoe Adjei Schandorf - Secretary General
3. Mr Patrick Agordzor - Asst. Secretary General
4. Mr Francis A. Sowah - P.R.O
5. Mr Sampson Adjei - Member from Dept. of Social Welfare
6. Mr Ibrahim Doworna - Special Education
7. Mrs Theodora Francois - Executive Member
For the Association to meet International Disabled Sports competition requirements as member of the Ghana Olympic Committee a new Executive Committee was constituted in 2003 with the following membership.
1. Mr. Eric H. Hornsby-Odoi - President
2. Mr Charles Appiagyei - Vice President
3. Mr Samuel S. Asante - Secretary General
4. Mr Alexander Tetteh - Assistant treasurer
5. Mrs Millicent Aidoo - Treasurer
6. Mr William Agbeti - National Coordinator
7. Ms. Anne Doe - Physiotherapist
8. Mr. Christopher Kisseh - Publicity
9. Mr. Freddie Caut-Pinto - Exec. Member
10. Mr Francis Adjetey Sowah - Spokesperson
11. Mr. Jonathan Amuah - Exec. Member
Past Secretary-Generals of the Association include Mr. Okoe Adjei Schandorf, Mr. S.S. Asante, the late Mr. Osaac Annor, Mr. Kwame Amponfi Jnr., Mr. Ignatius Elletey, Mr. James Dennis Armah and of course Mr. Francis Adjetey Sowah who has acted in the same capacity at various times.
STRENTHS OF THE ASSOCIATION
1. The huge interest of members to do sports with or without first class sporting equipment.
2. The capacity to mobilize persons with disabilities to do sports at the District, Regional and
3. The existence of sports wings within most federation of persons with disabilities in Ghana.
That is the core constituents of the Association.
4. The desire of the disabled athletes to attain growth and carved a niche for themselves.
ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE ASSOCIATION
1. In September/October 2003, the Association in conjunction with JONI and FRIENDS in the
USA took 8 athletes and 2 coaches to USA for training.
2. Ghana’s Disabled athletes participated in the All-African games held in Abuja in 2003 and won
enviable medals. The athletes who won the medals were Ms. Ajara Mohammed (800m,
1500m & 3000m). Mr. Yaw Obeng (100m, 200m, 400m & 800m).
3. The Black Wonders (Ghana National Deaf Team) participated in the 1st African Deaf Football
Championship elimination series (2003) and defeated Nigeria and South Africa by 5-3 and 8-2
respectively to represent Africa in the 20th World Deaflympics games in Melbourne, Australia
4. In the Athens 2004 Paralympics Games 2 disabled athletes: Ms. Ajara Mohammed and
Raphael Botsyo represented the nation. Raphael Botsyo self sponsored himself and won silver
medal in a wheelchair track meet in Germany.
5. The athletics team again participated in the Algeria All-African Games in 2007 winning 9
medals with Ms. Ajara Mohammed winning the Gold medal in 100m, silver/bronze 200m,
whilst Raphael Botsyo won silver in 100m, bronze, Mr. Yaw Obeng winining silver 200m.
6. The Ghana Amputee team known as the Black Challenge represented Africa in the World
Amputee Championship in Turkey in 2007. The team has also participated in the Argentina
Copa Brotherhood Championship in Entre Rios, Argentina in 2009 and placed fourth.
7. The Association of Sports for the Disabled was nominated as the overall best Association under
the National Sports Council in 2007 by the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) and
its chairman, Rev. Cornelius Adja Cofie was adjudged the Best Association Chairman for
8. On October 2008, the Amputee team defeated their Nigeria counterparts at the Surulere
Sports Stadium, Lagos, Nigeria to lift the Giant Trophy to mark their 49th Independence
Anniversary celebration, donated by their President A. Yora’dua.
9. Mr. Allem Mumuni emerged the 1st Africa Champion in the Amputee Cycling in Niger in 2009.
PRESENT EXECUTIVES ELECT – (2010-2014)
1. Rev. Cornelius Adjah-Cofie - President
2. Francis Adjetey Sowah - Vice President
3. Mr Ignatius Elletey - Secretary General
4. Mr. John Koku Dsane - Treasurer
5. Mr Adjetey Adjei - Executive Member
6. Mr Aziz Abdul Mohammed - Executive Member
7. Doris Ndebugre - Executive Member
8. Beatrice Mamadu - Executive Member