Former Aduana Stars coach Abubakar confirmed dead at 60

Goal Ghana
The former top-flight winning coach died on Tuesday in Kumasi after battling a short illness

Former Aduana Stars coach Yussif Abubakar has been confirmed dead after battling a short illness.

The 60-year-old, who until Tuesday, was the head coach of Ghana's U-23 team, was rushed to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Hospital in Kumasi on Tuesday. However, he could not survive despite the emergency treatment offered him upon arrival, according to his son. 

Abubakar became the second coach after Herbert Addo, also of blessed memories, to lead Aduana to clinch the Ghana Premier League title, in the 2016-17 season.

He was also the first coach to guide the Dormaa Ahenkro-based club to the group stage of the Caf Confederation Cup.

"He was sick and periodically visited the hospital for check ups to see if there were improvements with his recuperation," Abubakar's son, Mohammed Mansuru told Goal.

"My father's condition was worse this morning so we decided to rush him to the hospital but unfortunately he could not survive amid the efforts of the doctors.

"Per our religion (Islamic), he will be buried today so that he can rest in peace," he added.

Abubabkar previously had stints with giants Hearts of Oak, Heart of Lions and Techiman City FC.

He now joins the long list of top Ghanaian coaches who passed away since last year, including Ben Kuofie, Osam Duodu and Emmanuel Kwesi Afranie.