Former Chairman of Ghana Football Association, Ben Koufie Dies at 84

Former GFA Boss Ben Koufie has died at the age of 84.

According to close sources, the former Chairman of Ghana Football Association (GFA), was rushed to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital on Sunday after his health condition worsened.

‘Uncle Ben’ as he is affectionately called had been sick for some time and had been indoors at his Dansoman residence.

The GFA confirmed his death via their official Twitter account Monday evening. They wrote:

The GFA regrets to announce the death of our former president, National Team coach and ex player, Mr Ben Koufie.

Football Career of the Late Former GFA Boss Ben Koufie:

Koufie played club football for Cornerstones and Ebusua Dwarfs, and represented the national side from 1957 to 1958.

After retiring as a player, Koufie became a coach of the Ghanaian national side and managed Zimbabwe from 1988 to 1992.

He led Ghanaian club Asante Kotoko to the Africa Club Championship in 1971 and Great Olympics to the semi-finals a year later.

He also coached Ivorian team Africa Sports, and in Ghana handled Akosombo Akotex.

Koufie was the Technical Adviser to the Zimbabwe Football Association from 1981 to 1982, Technical Director of the Botswana Football Association from 1992 to 2001, and Chairman of the Ghana Football Association from 2001 to 2003.

During his reign as GFA chairman he instituted a 5-year development plan which saw the Black Stars qualify to its maiden World Cup in 2006.