Ghana FA mourns with Ghanaians over death of President John Mills

The football governing body of the west African country is in shock following the death of the country’s president, who was a former chairman of Hearts of Oak
The Ghana Football Association has expressed its “deep sorrow” following the death of the country's President John Evans Atta Mills.

The football governing body in a statement “extended its condolences to his wife, his family and the people of Ghana for this big blow.”

“This agonizing loss will be felt by all football-loving people of Ghana as President Mills was an ardent football fan,” the statement signed by the GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi said.

President Mills was once the chairman of the Black Stars Management Committee and also a board chairman of Accra Hearts of Oak.

The statement added: “When a country loses its leader there is no greater pain let alone the man who was the leader of the country when Ghana won Africa's first U-20 World Cup in 2009.”

President Mills was also a key supporter of the Black Stars as they reached the quarter-final of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

His deep interest in the game was once again demonstrated just last month when the floodlights went off during the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Lesotho in Kumasi.

He personally phoned the GFA president to express his concern about the sudden failure of the floodlights during the game.

Such is his contribution to the game in Ghana that the GFA is profoundly affected by President Mills' sudden demise.

As a sign of respect and in honour of the memory of the departed President, the GFA has decided to postpone the final of this year's MTN FA Cup final match between AshantiGold and New Edubiase which was scheduled to be played on Sunday.

“We have further directed all clubs in the country to wear black armbands during football games in the next one week,” Nyantakyi stated.