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Two ex-Ghana Black Stars players pass on

Accra-Ghana (PANA) – Two ex-internationals and players of Ghana’s Black Stars, the senior national football team, Opoku Afriyie and Kwasi Owusu, have passed on, according to media reports.

Prolific goal scorer Opoku Afriyie, 75, who played for Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak, and was also captain of the Black Stars, died on Sunday in Kumasi after a brief illness.

The striker was a member of Ghana’s 1978 and 1982 Africa Cup of Nations winning squads. He was also the top scorer in the Ghana league in 1979 and 1981.

Kwasi Owusu, 72, the towering ‘Power House’ of Ghana football and also former captain of the national team, who played for Sunyani Bofoakwa Tano, died after battling an undisclosed illness.

He played for Ghana in the 1960s and 70s and was Ghana’s all-time top goal scorer until Asamoa Gyan took over last year.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) on Tuesday paid tribute to these great players for their distinguished contributions to Ghana’s football.

“The thoughts and prayers of the GFA and the entire football fraternity are with their families at this time. May their souls rest in perfect peace,” he GFA stated.

-0- PANA RA/MA 31March2020