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State Burial For The Late Football Legend C.K. Gyamfi On Friday

ck3Ghanaian football legend Charles Kumi Gyamfi (C.K. Gyamfi), who died on September 2, 2015, will be laid in state at the forecourt of the State House in Accra at 7 a.m. on Friday December 18, 2015.

The state burial will mark the start of the final funeral rites of C.K. Gyamfi, which include a memorial service which will take place on Saturday at the Okorase Methodist School Park at 10 a.m.

The memorial service will be followed by a thanksgiving service, which will take place at the Rev. Joseph Clegg Memorial Methodist Church, Kaneshie, Accra, on Sunday, December 20, 2015.

ck9Also known as Nana Kumi Gyamfi I for being the Guantoahene of the Benkum Division of the Akuapem Traditional Area, he died at the Cocoa Clinic in Accra at the age of 85.ck10

ck4He played for three of the most glamorous club sides in Ghana —Cape Coast Ebusua Dwarfs (1948-49), Asante Kotoko (1949 to 1954) and Accra Hearts of Oak ((1956-1960).

He also captained the Black Stars and went on to become Ghana’s most successful national team coach leading the national team, the Black Stars, to the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) title on three occasions in 1963, 1965 and 1982.

ck6For his outstanding contributions to football, he was honoured with the Order of the Volta (Civil Division) as well as the African Merit Order of Achievement Award.

Nana Gyamfi is survived by his wife, Mrs Valerie Quartey Gyamfi, a former national tennis player, and eight sons.

Credit: Sammy Heywood Okine

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