Ghana football suffered a devastating blow on Tuesday morning when one of the top brains in the country’s game, Jones Abu Alhassan, died suddenly in the Ivorian capital of Abidjan, Ghanasoccernet.com can reveal.
The top Ghana football official, who is a luminary in the country’s game passed away in Abidjan where he was accompanying Hasaacas Ladies to the Wafu B Champions League qualifiers.
The man, who is credited for bringing the Ghana FA President Kurt Okraku into office two years ago, passed away in Abidjan on Tuesday morning as he was part of the GFA delegation to the tournament.
He was 64 and Okraku paid tribute to man popularly called ‘Prof’ or ‘Accra Big Man’
“PROF……Thanks for everything..Thanks for the hours we spent together thinking about Ghana Football…..Am shattered …
RIP…SIr!!,” Okraku wrote on Tuesday morning.
The organisation representing the league clubs in Ghana, GHALCA, also hailed Alhassan for his contribution to the country’s game for over 40 years.
“We are shattered by the news of the passing of one of the outstanding football administrators in Ghana Jones Alhassan Abu,” GHALCA said in a statement on Tuesday.
“He was a luminary in the country’s game and contributed immensely to the growth of Ghana football. May Allah grant him Jannatul-Firdaus.”
Family members are currently holding a meeting to decide on the next line of action according to Islamic traditions which mandate quick burials.
The Black Stars management committee member fell ill on Friday evening as he prepared to return to Ghana following Hasaacas Ladies’ annexation of the WAFU B Clubs Championship title last week.