Emmanuel Awuley Quaye: Ghana’s 1978 AFCON-winning captain passes away

Ghana football is currently in mourning following the passing of former Black Stars captain Emmanuel Awuley Quaye.

Emmanuel Awuley Quaye: Ghana’s 1978 AFCON-winning captain dies

Quaye played for Ghana in the 1970s and was the captain of the Black Stars side that won the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The defender was also a household name in the Ghana Premier League, where he lined up for Accra Great Olympics.

The Professional Footballers Association of Ghana (PFAG) has since paid tribute to the late Quaye through its general secretary Anthony Baffoe.


“Emanuel Awuley Quaye-Captain of the 1978 winning Black Stars Squad has passed away – My sympathies and condolences to the entire family -May your soul rest in perfect peace,” Baffoe wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

Ghana has lost a number of footballers in the last 16 months. From Christian Atsu to Raphael Dwamena and to the legendary Ernest Papa Arko, the country has lost some great past and present footballers since last year.

Atsu tragically passed away after his lifeless body was pulled out of the rubble in the wake of the earthquake in Turkey.

This followed days of intense search by authorities after the devastating earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria in mid-February.

The ex-Chelsea and Newcastle United winger, who is survived by a wife and three children, was laid to rest on Friday, March 17, 2022, in his hometown in Ada.


Dwamena also sadly passed away at the age of 28 while featuring in a game between FK Egnatia and Partizani on November 11, 2023.

Play was stopped and the match was eventually suspended when Dwamena, who had a chronic heart condition, abruptly fell to the ground and fell unconscious.

His teammates quickly called for the medics to attend to him, but they were unable to successfully resuscitate the former Red Bull Salzburg forward.

Former captain of Asante Kotoko, Ernest Papa Arko, also died on November 26 after reportedly battling a short illness.


Papa Arko was an influential figure at Kotoko in his prime and was part of the side that won the African Cup of Champions Clubs, now known as the CAF Champions League, in 1983.

The Kotoko legend also lined up for the Black Stars, where he played in two Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournaments.

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