Hundreds of friends and family including those from the Ghanaian football fraternity gathered at the forecourt of the State House to pay their last respects to one of Ghana’s most illustrious coaches, Sam Arday.
His exploits with the Black Starlets in the 1995 FIFA World U-17 where he led Ghana to win her maiden world title made Arday one of the most successful coaches at any age level for Ghana.
He used a style of pay which became known as the “Multi System” to beat the rest of the world in the tournament which was played in Ecuador.
He won the African Under-17 Championship in Mali in 1995 as well as guiding Ghana’s Olympic Team to a Bronze medal at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, the first such accolade for any African team.
Prior to that, he achieved some success with the Black Satellites at the 1991 Africa Youth Championship in Egypt, finishing third.
He also had spells in charge of the senior national team, taking charge for a year from 1996 to 1997, and in 2004.
The occasion was graced by the presence of some dignitaries including, former President Jerry John Rawlings, Minister of Youth and Sports Hon. Isaac Asiamah and IGP David Asante Apeatu.
The Minister of Sports Hon. Isaac Asiamah in his tribute spoke fondly of the triumphant Starlets side of 95’ who characterized the birth of the multi system.
“We will also remember with the nostalgia how Sam Arday introduced a crop of unsung U-17 talents to his own brand of football, which has come to be known the world over as the ‘multi system’.
This novelty system of football caught the attention of FIFA and prompted the world football governing body to organize a forum of football coaches to explain his multi system to the football world,” he said.
The President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, in his tribute which was read by his deputy George Afriyie, described Arday as “a loyal colleague to all and a special friend to many.”
Arday was 71 and left behind two children and two grandchildren.
By: Daniel Koranteng/citifmonline.com/Ghana