Pres pays tribute to coach Arday

President Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo

Ghana President, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo has hailed Sam Arday’s contribution to football in the country in a touching tribute after the legendary coach died on Sunday.

The celebrated coach who was Technical Director of WAFA SC before his death, passed away on Sunday after a short illness.

Nana Akufo-Addo praised the ‘Multi system’ man who won Africa’s first football medal at the Olympic Games for his successes.

“Saddened by the news of his death,” the President wrote on Sunday: “Undoubtedly, he is one of the most brilliant coaches Ghana has produced.”

“My condolences to his family, and may his soul rest in perfect peace.”

Arday was the first black man to win an olympic medal in football when he led Ghana’s Under-23 team, the Black Meteors to pick bronze at the 1992 Games in Barcelona.

He won the 1995 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Ecuador.

In Ghana, he handled giants, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Accra Hearts of Oak and Okwahu United.

Arday also coached the Black Stars and was credited for the successes of players like Shamo Quaye, Joe Debrah, Ablade Kumah, Awudu Issaka, Stephen Appiah and in the current generation Harrison Afful.-Ghanasoccernet

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