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16.06.2005 Football News

Hearts supporters in Ashanti and Brong-Ahafo mark coach's death

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Kumasi, June 16, GNA - Supporters of Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club in the Ashanti and Brong-Ahafo Regions on Wednesday marked the one-week celebration of the death of Emmanuel Ofei Ansah, the head coach of the Club who died on Wednesday, June 8. The three-hour ceremony, which was observed under the auspices of the Ashanti Regional Chapters Committee, also attracted a cross section of soccer fans.

Representatives of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, King Faisal, AngloGold, Cornerstones and other clubs joined their Phobian counterparts to mourn the death of coach. Christian and Moslem prayers were offered for the departed coach, whilst representatives of the other Clubs took turns to address and console the deceased's family and the Hearts fraternity.

Ofei Ansah, 52, died after Hearts match against city rivals Liberty Professionals in a GT Premier League match in Accra which Hearts won 1-0. A former Black Stars and Hearts dependable defender, Ansah won a total of 12 league matches for Hearts both as a player and as assistant coach of the Club.

Mr Mathew Ossei-Poku, the Northern Sector first Vice-Chairman of the National Chapters Committee (NCC) of Hearts, in an address to the sympathisers and supporters, said the recent death of Salifu Ansah, a former goalkeeper's trainer of Hearts and Ofei Ansah had not only created a vacuum but was a big blow to the Club in view of their dedication and devotion to their task. He therefore entreated the supporters to rally solidly behind the Club in this crucial times to ensure that the Club's success in the League, especially now that it was on top of the League table, adding that that was the only way they could properly honour the two departed heroes.

Alhaji Issaka Awuni, a Board member of the Club called on the players, Board and Management not to be deterred by the recent happenings in the Club but to remain resolute towards achieving the desired goals of the Club and also resolve to give the late coach a befitting burial.

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