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Former Ghana coach Arday confirmed dead at 71

1:35 PM WAT 13/02/2017
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The ex-Black Stars coach died on Sunday in Accra after battling a short illness

Former Ghana coach Sam Arday has been confirmed dead, days after battling an illness.

The 71-year-old was rushed to the Korle Bu Teaching hospital in Accra early hours of Sunday but could not make it back home.

Arday led Ghana's Black Meteors to the Barcelona 1992 to become the first African team to win an Olympic medal in football and later coached the Black Stars between 1996 and 1997 returning to the outfit in 2004.

"Ghana Football Association regrets to announce that former Ghana coach Sam Arday has passed away in Accra on Sunday February 12,” a statement from Ghana FA read.

“Coach Arday, who was well known as the "multi- system man" was the technical director of Ghana Premier League side West Africa Football Academy until his demise,"

"He was the coach of Ghana's Olympic bronze soccer medal winning team at Barcelona 1992, a feat which made Ghana the first African country to win an Olympic medal in football.

“He then became head coach of the Ghana national U17 football team, the Black Starlets, who won the 1995 Fifa U17 World Championship trophy in Ecuador and the African U17 Championship in Mali. The entire football family extends its deepest condolences to the family and love ones of the late coach," the statement added.

Arday was also former coach of Ghana Premier League sides Ashanti Gold and Asante Kotoko.

Coach Arday is the fourth high profile figure in football that Ghana has lost in the past seven months after Ben Kuofie, Osam Duodu and Emmanuel Kwesi Afranie.