The Pacesetter – DR. EMMANUEL EVANS-AMFOM
BY: D.A. Ababio Jnr
He was born om October 7, 1919 at James Town (Evans House) in Accra. He had his early education at Osu Salem and later on moved to Achimota College (now Achimota School) and Edinburgh University, where he qualified as a Medical Doctor specializing in Surgery.
At School, in addition to his impressive academic performance, he displayed distinction as a sportsman, particularly in the field of hockey. He was a very good hockey player for 25 good consecutive years including his days in Achimota College. He captained the Edinburgh University Team from 1945 to 1946. He also captained the combined Scottish Universities Team from 1947 to 1948.
He was in the national hockey team from 1952 to 1962 and captained it from 1958 to 1962. As a sports Administrator, he together with one Mr. Kofi Atiemo and K.G Konuah founded the Gold Coast Hockey Association in 1950 when he returned from Edinburgh. He is the first chairman of the Gold Coast Hockey Association, now Ghana Hockey Association. Due to his schedule as a medical practitioner, he left Accra to numerous Regions and Towns across the nation. He later became the Chairman of the Ghana Hockey Association from 1974 to 1975, at the time when he had re-settled in Accra.
As a chairman of the Ghana Hockey Association, he led the Ghana National Hockey Team, the Black Sticks to the first African Hockey Championship in Cairo in 1974 where the team won Gold Medal, which qualified them to represent Africa at the Hockey World Cup, in Kuala Lumpur in 1975. It is by history the first World Cup Ghana participated. Field Hockey is the first sporting discipline in Ghana to compete in a World Cup.
He helped to secure the National Hockey Pitch from being taken by the Accra Metropolitan Authority, by seeking the intervention of the then head of State, Colonel Kutu Acheampong.
He promoted Hockey in many ways. He founded Hockey Clubs in Dunkwa and Tarkwa when he worked as District Medical Officer in those towns. In Tamale, as Regional Medical Officer he found time to coach the hockey team of Tamale Secondary School which turned to be a formidable side in those days.
He together with his colleague, Mr. Kofi Atiemo won Past Heroes in Sports Award in 1979/1980.
He became the chairman of the West Africa Examinations Council from 1991 to 1994 and the Vice Chancellor of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. (KNUST).
Indeed, a pacesetter of his caliber is worth our honor.