27.05.2023 Football News

Ghana and Hearts of Oak legend Thomas Quaye has died

Ghana and Hearts of Oak legend Thomas Quaye has died
27.05.2023 LISTEN

Former Ghana international and Accra Heart of Oak legend, Thomas Quaye, has been reported dead at age 57.

The demise of Quaye occurred on Sunday, May 21, 2023, at the 37 Military Hospital after months of battle with a cerebrovascular accident according to the family.

Quaye started his mainstream football career at Ken Harrison at Mamprobi and progressed through the State Transport Company Soccer Team to Tejitex and subsequently to Hearts of Oak’s juvenile side Auroras FC.

He made his debut and solitary appearance for Accra Hearts of Oak club in 1987 with the likes of Benjamin Adjei, Shamo Quaye, Ebenezer Dugbatey, Joe Addo, Samuel Ablade Kumah, and Ezekiel Alamu of the famous Accra Hearts of Oak’s Musical Youth of the late 1980s which won the Ghana First Division League in 1989/90 season.

He also played with the likes of Yaw Preko, Sam Johnson ‘Foyoo’, Opoku Agyemang ‘Oduro’, Emmanuel Armah ‘Senegal’, Emmanuel Quarshie, Henry Acquah and Stephen Appiah at Accra Hearts of Oak.

The Ex-footballer, widely considered one of the greatest Ghanaian Premier League defenders of all time, also played for Dawu Youngsters from 1990 to 1994 and Real Tamale United from 1997 to 1999.

His dependability and consistency earned him stints with the national under-17 team (Black Starlets), under-20 team (Black Satellites) and the senior team (Black Stars) in 1987, 1988 and 1989 respectively.

He retired in the year 2002, as a professional player in United Arab Emirates after several injuries.

His coaching career took off after securing the Basic Certificate (2000 & 2005), Intermediate Certificate (2006) and the U.E.FA Certificate (2006) from the National Sports Council and the Ghana Football Association, all after his retirement from football.

He coached among others, the Universal F.C., the Five Star FC, Subway FC, Third World FC, Fire Rehoboth FC and Fire Service FC, and actively served under the Sports Department of the Ghana National Fire Service until his unfortunate demise.

Thomas left behind a wife Margaret and five children: Thomas, Frank, Bernard, Kevin and Karen.