Emmanuel Yartey, former midfielder for Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko, has passed away.
The exuberant midfielder, celebrated for his remarkable dribbling skills, departed on Wednesday and will be laid to rest on the same day in accordance with his Muslim beliefs.
Yartey played a pivotal role in Hearts of Oak’s triumphant 2002/2003 season, contributing to victories in the CAF Champions League and the Super Cup. A former member of the Ghana U-17 team, he was once hailed as a rising talent for the senior national team, the Black Stars.
Tragically, Yartey’s promising career was curtailed by an unusual mental illness that emerged post-retirement. Despite his on-field prowess, he grappled with attitude issues, ultimately leading to a challenging period of self-reliance.
His condition deteriorated, and he was often spotted wandering the streets of Accra, wrestling with his affliction.
Friends and former teammates mourn Yartey’s passing, remembering him as an exceptional player with immense potential.