Tributes are being paid to the memory of former Hearts, AshGold, Liberty Professionals coach “Sir” Cecil Jones Attuquayefio who passed on on Tuesday at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
Here is a selection:
Former Hearts of Oak midfielder Winfred Dormon:
“Jones was my coach when I was with Hearts of Oak between 1999 and 2002. He was very brilliant and got us to believe in his values of hardwork, discipline and self-belief.
I remember how he brought Ishmael Addo from the junior team and how he gave Jacob Nettey to be club captain and lead the team win the CAF Champions League in 2000.
My heart is heavy with sadness.”
Former Black Stars player Rev. Osei Kofi and team-mate of Attuquayefio in the 1965 Ghana team that won the African Nations Cup:
“Jones was a clever player in his day. This stemmed from the fact that he had been formally educated and that made him a very quick learner. His intelligence led him to win the many titles in his coaching career.
He really did his bit for the Ghanaian football.”
Accra Hearts of Oak shared their grief on Twitter:
— Accra Hearts Of Oak (@HeartsOfOakGH) May 12, 2015
Ghanaian midfielder Michael Essien shared his thoughts on Attuquayefio’s demise on Instagram. Essien was coached by Attuquayefio in the 1999 U-17 World Cup in New Zealand. Ghana won bronze in that tournament.
Beninese goalkeeper Rachad Chitou also paid tribute to Jones Attuquayefio on Instagram in a comment he made after Essien put up his tribute to Attuquayefio.
He said: “Rip is also my national team coach in 2004 Tunis nations cup”
His comments were in reference to Jones Attuquayefio;s tenure as head coach of the Benin national team in 2004.
Black Stars skipper Asamoah Gyan also expressed his grief on Twitter. Gyan made his Liberty Professionals under Attuquayefio in 2003.
Sad day…. my great coach and inspirer… he handed me my first chance… Rest in Peace Sir Cecil Jones Attuaquayefio..
— ASAMOAH GYAN (@ASAMOAH_GYAN3) May 12, 2015
Funeral and burial arrangements will be made public by the family in due course.
By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana
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