Ghana mourns death of legendary national team coach

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The Ghana Football Association (GFA) on Monday announced the death of former Ghana national team coach Sam Arday.

Arday, who was well known as the “Multi-system Man”, passed away in Accra last Sunday afternoon after a short illness, aged 71.

He was the technical director of Ghana premier league side West Africa Football Academy until his demise.

He was the coach of the Black Meteors, Ghana’s Olympic soccer team that won bronze medal at the 1992 Games in Barcelona, Spain, a feat which made Ghana the first African country to win an Olympic medal in football.

He then became head coach of the Ghana national U-17 football team, the Black Starlets, who won the 1995 FIFA juvenile world championship crown in Ecuador and coached the Black Stars on two occasions, from 1996-1997, and again in 2004.

“The entire football family extends its deepest condolences to the family and love ones of the late coach,” the GFA said in a statement.

Meanwhile, President Nana Akufo-Addo has eulogized the former Ghana trainer, describing him as one of the most brilliant coaches Ghana has produced.

In a series of tweets since news of the coach’s death went public Sunday, Akufo-Addo said he was saddened by the news of Arday’s death, extending his condolences to his family. Enditem

Source: Alex Osei-Boateng, Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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