Former Ghana coach Sam Arday dies at 71

Former Ghana coach and West African Football Academy (WAFA) technical director Sam Arday has passed.

The man nicknamed the “multi-system” is reported to have passed after battling a short illness.

Sam Arday managed the Ghana national side on two occasions – from 1996 to 1997 and also in 2004.

Coach Arday was the coach of Ghana Olympic Team, which won the Olympic Bronze Soccer Medal at Barcelona ’92, the first for an African country, and coach of Ghana national under-20 football team.

The Black Satellites won the Bronze Medal at 1991 Africa Youth Championship in Egypt after beating Zambia 2:0 in the 3rd and 4th Place Match.

He then became head coach of the Ghana national under-17 football team, the Black Starlets, who won the 1995 FIFA U-17 World Championship Trophy in Ecuador and the African Under-17 Championship in Mali.

He also handled giants Asante Kotoko, Hearts of Oak and Okwahu United.

Prior to his demise, he was with WAFA where he saw to the development of youth talents. Notable amongst them is Samuel Tetteh who represented Ghana at the African Cup of Nations.

He died aged 71.


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