Ghana U-23 head coach, Yussif Abubakar, has passed away at his home in Kumasi after a short illness, Citi Sports can confirm.
The former Aduana Stars and Hearts of Oak trainer died hours after he left hospital, where he received treatment for mild ulcer.
“I’ve been to his Ayigya Zongo home and I’m sad to confirm the news is true,” Collins Atta Poku, member of Aduana Stars’ management team told Citi Sports.
The 60 year old was appointed head coach of Ghana’s Black Meteors who were preparing to face Togo in December in an AFCON U-23 qualifier.
He led Aduana Stars to the premier league title in the 2016/2017 season and subsequently into the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup.
He has also managed Hearts of Lions, leading them to a top 4 finish in the 2013/2014 season.
He will be buried on Tuesday afternoon per Islamic rights.
Abubakar’s former club Aduana Stars expressed their sympathy at the news of his death via Twitter handle.
The #ogya fraternity is saddened by the demise of our former gaffer, Coach Yusif Abubakar. Our deepest condolence to the family through this trying time. May Allah grant him peace. #RIP Sir till we meet again. #ADUANA #OGYA pic.twitter.com/tytGNhJhSJ
— Aduana Stars Football Club (@AduanaStarsFc) November 20, 2018
Hearts of Oak also shared their thoughts on the passing as Abubakar had once worked with the Phobians.
Everyone @HeartsOfOakGH is saddened to hear of the passing of our former coach Yusif Abubakar this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this very grievous moment as they mourn their departed.#AHOSC pic.twitter.com/mVKJQAzpFt
— Phobians (@HeartsOfOakGH) November 20, 2018
By: Citi Sports