A Legend Goes Home

Asamoah GyanTributes continue to pour in for the late Ghana and Benin national team coach, Sir Cecil Jones Attuquayefio who passed on, on Monday 12th May after a long battle with cancer.

In a moving tribute, his former club, Accra Hearts of Oak who he led to win the 2000 CAF Champions Leaue, posted on their twitter handle:

We have lost the greatest coach in the 103-year history of our club. Sir Cecil Jones Atttuquayefio. #RipCecilJones.

On Twitter, Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan wrote 'a legend goes home' and went on to praise the coach's role in the early stages of his career.

"Sad day.... my great coach and inspirer... he handed me my first chance... Rest in Peace Sir Cecil Jones Attuquayefio," tweeted Gyan,   who played under the coach at Liberty Professionals in 2003.

The Ghana FA (GFA) also paid tribute to a man who served as a vice-president of the organisation in the 1980s and 1990s.

"Attuquayefio's contribution to football in our country touched the lives of many people not only in Ghana but also in many countries in Africa," read a statement  signed by GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi.

"The GFA is immensely hurt by the loss of such a talented footballer, coach and administrator who shaped the lives and careers of many Ghanaian footballers."

Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah also made his tribute,   writing that Ghana has lost one of its leading thinkers about the game.

"One of the Brains in Ghana Football left us. Rest In Peace Sir Cecil Jones Attuquayefio. Yes Sir. #legend"

Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi issued a statement that captured Jones Attuquayefio’s career as a player, coach and administrator.

He was an outstanding coach, player and administrator and will be remembered for his various accomplishments and the contributions he made to the game in Ghana.

Attuquayefio was a member of the Black Stars team that won the 1965 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia and captained Accra Great Olympics to win the Ghana Premier League title five years later.

While serving as the vice-president of the Ghana Football Association and deputy general secretary in the 1980s and 1990s, he helped to set up the current strong foundations of our federation.

As a coach, he led clubs in Ghana like Accra Great Olympics, Okwahu United, AshantiGold, Liberty Professionals and Stade Abidjan of Ivory Coast as well as the Benin national team.

He served our national teams with distinction having coached the Black Starlets to the Fifa U-17 World Cup bronze medal in 1999 in New Zealand and was also the assistant coach the Black Meteors team that won Africa’s first Olympic football medal in Barcelona 1992 with bronze. He also made great strides with the senior national team the Black Stars.

Above all, we will never forget the huge successes he masterminded with Accra Hearts of Oak, leading them to the CAF Champions League, CAF Confederation Cup and CAF Super Cup trophies as well as several Ghana Premier League titles.”

 

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