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Down Memory Lane Meet the surviving heroes of Ghana’s 1965 AFCON winning team

Only eight of the 21 playing body and technical team members of the 1965 AFCON Black Stars team are alive

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Today marks exactly 51 years (21/11/1965), since the Black Stars won the 1951 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Tunisia.

Pulse Sports can confirm that 13 of the 21 contingent that achieved that heroic feat against in Tunisia in Tunis are now among the dead.

Below is a list of the surviving members and where they currently reside.

Dodoo Ankrah

He was one of the few players who had the opportunity to win both the 1963 and 1965 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). During the 1965 AFCON, Ankrah was the short stopper for Real Republicans. The former Hearts of Oak goalie is currently resident in Accra.

Read more: Today In History Ghana silence Tunisia in Tunis to claim second African Cup

John Naawu

Naawu was the goalkeeper of Accra Gt. Olympics at the time of the 1965 AFCON. His son John Naawu will also play for the Black Stars and was selected for the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations. He lives at Nungua in Accra.

Kofi Pare                                                           

Pare was a winger cum centre forward. He is the only player to score five goals in a single game for the Black Stars. He was also part of the 1963 as well as the 1965 AFCON winning teams. He is cuurently living at Abossey Okai in Accra

Frank Odoi                                             

The Accra Gt. Olympics centre forward was the show man in the 1965- He scored a brace including the championship winning goal in the 1965 AFCON.  Odoi is based in the USA

Ben Simmons                                                  

Simmons was a utility player- was used in both midfield and defence. He started his career as Ben Simmons and later changed his name to Ben Acheampong. The former Real Republicans player had the chance to participate in both the 1963 and the 1965 Africa Cup of Nations. He lives in Kumasi.

Richard Baanie                                     

He was at the time of the 1965 AFCON a player of B.A United. Barnie was a defender, who was comfortable playing as a centre back, as well as a lateral defender. He is based in Sunyani.

Ganiyu Salami                           

The centre forward was the only Hearts of Oka player who was part of the 1965 AFCON winning team. He was a Nigerian, who had the opportunity to play for the Black Stars and is currently living in Nigeria.

Osei Kofi                                                   

The nimble footed was the orchestra of the Black Stars in the tournament. Osei Kofi scored in the final against Tunisia and also provided assist. He stays at Kasoa, near Accra.


The dead members of the 1965 AFCON team


DF           Addo Odametey                      Republicans                      

FW         Jones Attuquayefio                     Republicans                     

MF         Kwame Nti                                    Kotoko                          

MF         Oman Mensah                             Olympics                         

MF         Paa Nii Lutterodt                         Olympics                            

DF           Sam Acquah                               Olympics                            

DF           Willie Evans                                Hearts of Oak                     

DF           Ben Kusi                               Kotoko                               

DF           Joseph Addison                         Corners Stones                 

DF        Agyemang Gyau                           Real Republicans                


Technical team:

C.K Gyamfi (Coach)     

Ben Kouffie: (Assistant coach)                                                                                                                                        ()

Cobbinah Hagan: (Team Manger)                                                                                                                                    (Dead)                                                                      (Dead)                                                                                                                          

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