Ghana coach reacts to death of former national star

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Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah talks about the passing of the ex-Ajax Amsterdam man

Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah has described the demise of former Black Stars midfielder Yakubu Abubakari as a “shock”.

The 35-year-old passed away in Ghana on Tuesday following a long battle with illness.

Buried on Thursday per Islamic traditions, details of his ailment remain unknown.

“Abubakari‘s death has been a shock to many of us,” Appiah told Angel FM.

“He was a very good colleague and we all shared the same platform on which we chat.

“We were actually informed about his ailment and planned of a visit but unfortunately, he passed [away].

“We are really sad about the news but my deepest condolences go to the family and to all ex-footballers.”

Yakubu made 16 appearances for the Black Stars, having represented Ghana at all age-groups from the U-17 upwards.

He was a member of the Black Stars at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt but fell short of making the final cut for the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Germany after playing in the qualifiers.

At club level, Yakubu is widely remembered for his time with Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam, for whom he play between 1999 and 2005.

He joined de Godenzonen as a 17-year-old and won Eredivisie titles in 2002 and 2004.

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The defensive midfielder also played five times in the Champions League as Ajax reached the quarter-finals in 2002-03.

After five years at the Amsterdam Arena, Yakubu joined another Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem on loan before making the move permanent in 2005.

He spent five years with Vitesse.

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