The sad news of the passing of the legendary Charles Kumi Gyamfi broke this morning, marking a sad moment for all football loving Ghanaians and even those outside the fraternity.
Gyamfi led the Black Stars to three successive Cup of Nations trophies, a hugely impressive and since not matched feat.
The Ghana Football Association has in the wake of his death released a statement addressing the sad news of the passing of a national hero.
“It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of the legendary Ghanaian coach and footballer C.K. Gyamfi in Accra this morning.
Today is a day of great sadness for all football fans considering how his personal and professional career touched the lives of many people not only in Ghana but across the continent.
C.K. Gyamfi was the first African footballer to play in Germany, when he joined Fortuna Dusseldorf in 1960. He also played for both Accra Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko.
As a coach, he successfully coached the Black Stars to three African Cup of Nations titles (1963, 1965 & 1982) which makes him one of the most successful African coaches ever.
The GFA is immensely hurt by the loss of such a talented footballer and coach who shaped the lives and careers of many Ghanaian footballers and coaches.
He served the game and the nation with great distinction and success and will no doubt remain an inspiration to our players and coaches.
The GFA wishes to extend its deepest condolences to the family of CK Gyamfi and most importantly to his wife, children, friends and loved ones.
Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time”