Deputy skipper of the Black Stars, Andrew Dede Ayew has described the passing of former Black Stars coach Emmanuel Kwesi Afranie as a “big lost”.
The country received the unfortunate news of the death of the former Hearts and Kotoko trainer on Wednesday afternoon. A lot attributes has poured in for the man known in the football circles as coach Ohene and Andre Ayew did not miss words in stating how devastating his lost means to Ghana football whiles he sympathises with the family
Speaking in the team’s training base in Dubai ahead of the all important encounter against the Pharaohs of Egypt, the West Ham United midfielder who is currently leading the team in the absence of the unfit Asamoah Gyan averred that “On behalf of my colleagues, we wish his family our condolences. This is a sad one and the entire team is really gutted. It’s a big loss to the football family. He achieved great feats with the under 20, qualified the Black Queens to their first world cup and all that he did for the national teams. We are very sad about his unfortunate demise”.
Coach Afranie passed on Wednesday when an ambulance that was transferring him from Accra to Kumasi got involved in an accident.
The great technical man has been unwell for some weeks now having suffered a mild stroke. The trip to Kumasi was aimed at helping the healing process
The devastating news of coach death adds to a list of great football personalities that have traded the earth for a place in God’s kingdom this year.