Ghana Football Association have mourned the death of its former President, coach and player Ben Koufie who passed on on Monday at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital after battling illness.
The 84-year-old who played his club football for Kumasi Cornerstones and Ebusua Dwarfs and represented the Black Stars from 1957 to 1958 enjoyed a successful career both as a player and an administrator.
The GFA in a statement on its official twitter feed said: “The GFA regrets to announce the death of our former president, National team coach and ex player Mr Ben Koufie,
“The entire Ghana Football family will sorely miss Uncle Ben Koufie and his depth of knowledge in the game he so dearly loved. RIP Uncle Ben.”
After retiring as a player, Koufie became a coach of the Ghanaian national side, the Black Stars and managed Zimbabwe from 1988 to 1992.
He many accomplishments include leading Asante Kotoko to the Africa Club Championship in 1971.
Koufie moved on to become the Technical Advisor of the Zimbabwe Football Association from 1981 to 1982, Technical Director of the Botswana Football Association from 1992 to 2001, and President of the Ghana Football Association from 2001 to 2003 where he instituted a 5 year development plan.