Renowned Sports presenter and commentator Kofi Asare Brako popularly known as “Abatey” has revealed that he got the nickname “Abatey” in Congo.
According to the commentator, he got the name at Congo Brazzaville when Kumasi Asante Kotoko was playing against As Police.
“Abartey no, abartey no, I got it outside the country, I got it at Congo Brazzaville, we were playing against AS Police . It was an African cup as at that time and hearts of oak . No Kotoko instead .. they were playing against AS Police they played in Ghana first and Kotoko won by 4-0 so we were going for a return league in Congo .. we got to Congo , Herbert Mensah had endorsed my commentary so he asked Haruna to come for my passport because Abartey is good so wherever I want to go he will take me and buy me tickets for free. The guy told me chairman said if we are able to qualify over AS Police he will take you to Uk that time I hadn’t been to UK before”, he said
I was with Peace fm then in 2002 so what happened was when we went, we were riding on the shoulders of the 4-0 .so when they started playing I was seated in the middle of Kwabena Yeboah & Hebert“, he added
Explaining how the nickname came into an existence on “Legends” show hosted by Agyemang Prempeh Abartey said;
“So while playing and Kotoko got the ball .. then pa pa pa they scored that’s 1 goal so there was alot of excitement. So while playing and I was commenting then the ball kept going and coming, Kotoko was the one controlling the ball then it became like Kweku Duah , passes the ball to Sheila Alhassan then he passes to Michael Osei just like that , then I said hey listeners Kotoko players are playing abartey
Abartey is a ball between 4 people with one person in the middle then they play the ball around the person in the middle, so more like pass pass , so Abartey means coming in the middle “Abarten” is a ga word which means we coming to the middle.
By Afia Owusu/Myxyzonline.com|Ghana