President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union, Mr. Herbert Amponsah Mensah has paid a glowing tribute the late Ivorian International Rugby player Max Brito.
Born April 8th 1971 in Abidjan, the 51 year old Max Brito died on Monday 19th December 2023 after years of paralysis he suffered as a result of injuries he sustained at the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa.
Herbert, household name in Ghana when in comes to football, following his successful time as CEO of Asante Kotoko, took the game of Rugby from the it’s lowest state years ago and made it one of the most successful sporting disciplines in the country and the continent.
He took to his official Facebook page to post a glowing tribute to the late Brito whom he helped raise funds for during the early days of his injury.
“MAX BRITO – RIP My friend. 26 years ago we put together the Max Brito Rugby/Football Extravaganza to raise money for Max who was seriously injured in a World Cup match between Ivory Coast and Tonga!
I and friends organised fund raising in Ghana and the UK. The highlight of which “the last amateur tour” in which some of England’s finest met an essentially ex Springbok 15 in Ghana!
I raised $25,000 for Max and later drove to see him in Bordeaux, France where he was in a special hospice. I travelled with Naana, Chester, fareida and Tony (Naidoo)
I still remember his words to me … he said make sure the World does not forget about me! Within a year or two the SA Springboks visited Max at his hospital and soon after i raised monies for Max to travel to Cape Town to watch England play the Springboks.
We met in the UK at the 2016 World Cup and Max will always be part of my life”.
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