African coaching legend dies at 70

The African coaching legend died this morning- Tuesday, May 12- in  Accra, Ghana's capital at the age of 70

 

The Ghanaian football community have been thrown into mourning with the death of former Black Stars coach,  Cecil Jones Attuquayefio.

The African coaching legend died this morning- Tuesday, May 12- in  Accra, Ghana's capital.

He was 70.

Cecil Jones Attuquayefio is famously known for guiding Ghanaian giants Hearts of Oak to CAF Champions League glory in 2000, the year he also won the treble by winning FA Cup and the league.

He also guided the Benin national team to their first Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia 2004.

The former Black Stars player was battling throat cancer for years before he passed away.

Born on October 18, 1944, Attuquayefio represented the Black Stars and won the 1965 Africa Cup of Nations.

As a coach, he won the 1994 and 1995 Ghana league titles with Obuasi Goldfields before becoming the head coach of the Black Starlets which had a certain Michael Essien.

He also had a brief stint as coach of the Ghanaian National team.

The Ghanaian FA confirmed his death via their Twitter account.

Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan also took to Twitter to mourn the death of the veteran.

"Sad day.... my great coach and inspirer... he handed me my first chance... Rest in Peace Sir Cecil Jones Attuaquayefio..," Gyan tweeted.

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