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16.06.2004 Football News

Hearts bids Offei Dodoo well

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Accra, June 16, GNA - Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club has sent a farewell message in a tribute to Henry Emmanuel Ofei Dodoo, a player of the club in the 50's who passed away recently.

The former Hearts and Black Stars player is scheduled to be laid to rest on Saturday, June 19 in Accra.

In the tribute to the late Dodoo issued from the secretariat of the club, it said that writing such a tribute in memory of the player evokes a nostalgic feeling about a legend who though diminutive in structure was a colossus in his chosen field.

It the player as a person with fine and unique qualities which did not only make him an icon in Hearts in his playing days when he was promoted from the junior side of the club in the 1950's but also ensured his quick grooming into the national team.

The tribute added that the player was endowed with innate talent and skills and was part of the historic team of Hearts of Oak that won the first league trophy in 1958 with the introduction of the league system, adding that Dodoo also played an influential role in the first success of Ghana's Black Stars at the 1963 Africa Nation's Cup.

He and Charles Odametey were the first two top Hearts players to be selected by Ohene Djan into the Real Republicans and was a member of the 1964 Olympiad in Tokyo.

According to the message, the history of Accra Hearts of Oak and Ghana football would be incomplete without Ofei-Dodoo as he played his part well for the development of the game in the country.

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