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The President of the Ghanaian FA sent his condolences to the people of Nigeria and Senegal following the death of two of their football legends in the space of a week

The Ghana Football Association has paid tributes to African football legends Rashidi Yekini of Nigeria and Senegal’s Jules Bocande, who died last Friday and this Monday respectively.

Yekini, a former Nigeria international striker died at age 48 while the Senegalese forward died at 54.

“On behalf of the GFA, I would like to send a message of sincere condolence to the families of Rashid Yekini and Jules Bocande at this time," said Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi in a statement.

“We are deeply shocked and saddened by the news of untimely deaths of Yekini and Bocande. The football fraternity in Ghana will mourn the loss of these African greats. We would also like to extend our condolences to the football fraternity in Nigeria and Senegal.”

“This is a tragedy and our thoughts are with the families of the two legends of African football at this terrible time,” he added.

Yekini was the first Nigerian to take the continental crown. He scored Nigeria's first ever goal at the World Cup, against Bulgaria at USA '94, and led the way as they won the Africa Cup of Nations in the same year. For his part, Bocande led France's Ligue 1 in scoring during the 1985/1986 season and scored 20 goals in 73 appearances for the Teranga Lions.