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Abubakar takes instructions from former Ghana coach Ratomir Dujkovic at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations

Ghanaian football has been rocked by the death of former international Yakubu Abubakar at the age of 36.

The former Black Star, a defensive midfielder, died in a hospital in the southern Ghanaian city Tema on Tuesday.

"We're sad to hear the death of former Ghana, Ajax and Vitesse midfielder Abubakar," tweeted Ghana's FA. "Our thoughts are with his family. May his soul RIP."

 

No reason has been given for the death of Abubakar, who won 16 caps for Ghana.

Abubakar started every game as the Black Stars exited in the group stage of the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations and played in the qualifiers as Ghana reached their first World Cup - also in 2006.

However, he was overlooked for the final squad for the tournament in Germany.

At club level, Abubakar - who could also play in defence - left Ghana at the age of 17 to join former European champions Ajax Amsterdam.

He won two league championships, in 2002 and 2004, as well as the 2002 Dutch Cup.

In the 2002-03 season, he played five times in the European Champions League as Ajax reached the quarter-finals before bowing out against eventual winners Milan.

After 89 appearances for Ajax, Abubakar joined another Dutch side, Vitesse Arnhem, in 2004, staying with the club for five years.

Abubakar played for Ghana at every level, having represented his nation at Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 level as well.

Source: BBC Africa

Ghana’s national Female Hockey team, the Black Sticks, have qualified for both next year’s Australia Commonwealth Games and London World cup. 

Team Ghana’s ladies and males’ squads competed at the just ended Hockey Africa Cup of nations in Egypt which the female side progressed to the final by beating host Egypt, Nigeria and Kenya but lost to defending champions South Africa to place second at the championship while the male side failed to qualify by placing third.

Black Stars Head Coach Kwesi Appiah has called up twenty-three players for the final Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier with Egypt next month.

The Black Stars will face the Pharaohs in Cape Coast on November 12, 2017, in a match which Kwesi Appiah is expected to use to further assess the development of the team, as Egypt have already secured the sole ticket to Russia from the group.

Former Accra Hearts of Oak Board secretary Ernest Thompson has suddenly avowed that the true identity of the club is going into an extinction following the 8-year trophy drought.

Hearts of oak became conquerors of African club football in the early 2000s after winning the 2000 CAF champions league and the super cup in the following year and became the face of Ghana football within that particular period which conferred to them the name ’’64 battalions’’.

After a transition of Harry Zakor led administration to the Togbe Afadzi IV led administration, the phobians have failed to win any major silverware in both the domestic scene and in the continental front.

This reeking albatross hanging the neck of the mighty Oak tree has been of great concern to the club’s faithfuls especially the Harry Zakor led administration.

The Captain of the National Ladies Hockey Team, Black Sticks, Rachel Banfo has lauded the steady improvement of the game in Ghana in recent times.

Addressing the media after the just ended Africa Hockey Confederations cup held in Ismailia, Egypt where Ghana placed second in the ladies category, the captain of the team Rachel said “Now apart from football, its hockey and it’s a very great feat for the sports”.

The Fire Service play-maker applauded the efforts put up by management and stakeholders that have improved the game.

Tamale Sports Stadium to be named after late Alhaji Aliu Mahama – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has indicated that the Tamale Sports Stadium will be renamed the “Alhaji Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium”, in honour of the late Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Aliu Mahama, and in fulfilment of a campaign pledge made in the run up to the December 2016 elections.

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