THE Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG), has added its voice to the condolences being expressed to the family of the late “Sir” Cecil Jones Attuquayefio.
In a press statement signed by the Chairman of the Interim Executive Committee,Matthias Tibu, stated that SWAG has learnt with shock and deep sadness the passing away on Tuesday of Sir Cecil Jones Attuquayefio, one of Ghana’s finest footballers ever and a coach of outstanding credentials.
Even though Jones battled with health issues in the last few years, which invariably reduced his active participation in football, SWAG was encouraged by his improved condition in recent months, hence news of his demise after a sudden illness, hit the sporting fraternity so hard.
SWAG extends its heartfelt condolences to his immediate family and loved ones, during this difficult period of grief.
Sir Cecil or Asmara or Yes Sir, as he was affectionately called during his illustrious playing and coaching careers, was dedicated to the game and he devoted the best part of his life to Ghana football as a player, administrator and as a coach.
He was an exceptional footballer in his heyday for Ghana’s Academicals team, Accra Great Olympics, Real Republicans and the Black Stars, with which he won the African Cup of Nations in 1965.
In another expression of condolence, CAF President Issa Hayatou has expressed sadness over the death of the legendary ex- Ghanaian footballer and coach.
The ex-forward passed away on Tuesday, May 12 2015 in Accra after a protracted illness, aged 70.
“On behalf of the CAF Executive Committee and on my own behalf, I extend my deepest condolences to the Ghana Football Association (GFA), the bereaved family and the Ghanaian football family. My thoughts are with you at this difficult moment.”
“African football has lost one of its astute servants. From his playing era to his coaching days, Cecil Jones Attuquayefio left lasting memories in the minds of all,” said Hayatou.
Winner of the Africa Cup of Nations in 1965 (Tunisia), he was also part of the Black Stars squad that reached the final in 1968 (Ethiopia) and 1970 (Sudan).
Fondly called “Asmara” by his peers, he is famed for supervising the best moments in the history of Ghanaian club, Accra Hearts of Oak, guiding them to the CAF Champions League (2000), CAF Super Cup (2001) and CAF Confederation Cup titles (2004).
He was also named CAF Coach of the Year in 2000 and qualified Benin to their first ever Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2004 in Tunisia.
From Times Sports Desk