Retired Ghana international Willie Klutse has paid his respect to former Black Stars players Kwasi Owusu and Opoku Afriyie have both died in the last two days.
Owusu, 73, died in his home in Sunyani on Monday morning after a short illness while Afriyie, 65, pushed up daisies on Sunday.
The passing of the former national and international iconic footballers has hit the country’s football fraternity hard with the Ghana FA issuing a statement about their passing.
Klutse has described the passion and talent of the two players whilst highlighting their achievements for Ghana.
“It is a big blow in the sense that Kwasi [OWusu] was a great player from the Brong Ahafo, captained the Black Stars. He won matches, great and difficult matches, won CAF and Opoku Afriyie was also a great player. He played a very important role for us to win the Africa Cup of Nations in 1978. In fact, he scored the final 2 goals in the final match and he helped Kotoko with some serious matches which lifted the name of Kotoko. He left Kotoko and went to Hearts of Oak, played a very important role also in Hearts of Oak”, Klutse told Accra-based Class FM.
He added, “So they were big players that Ghanaians who have been around for a very long time will tell you how great they were because these are players that turned our football around. They did not only turn our football around but they contributed something and in fact Ghanaians should not forget them”.
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