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[Ghana] 1978 AFCON winner and Kotoko legend dies

Former Ghana and Kotoko striker Opoku Afriyie has died in his native Ghana.

The former Kotoko forward died on Sunday, March, 29, 2020 in Kumasi aged 75.

He was the top scorer in the Ghana domestic football league in 1979 and again in 1981 in a stellar career which also saw him him feature for Accra Hearts of Oak.

In 1982, he was nominated for the French magazine France Football African Footballer of the Year and finished eighth in the awards.

Opoku Afriyie was amongst 20 Ghanaians in CAF’s shortlist of 200 African footballers for the title of the best African player of the last 50 years.

A key member of the Black Stars 1978 AFCON winning squad, he scored twice in the final as the West Africans claimed their third title in a row to become the first nation to claim the trophy on three consecutive occasions.

He also played in the 1980 African Cup of Nations where Ghana failed to defend its title.

He became team manager of Kotoko in 2003 and played other major roles in Ghanaian football before his demise.

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