Ghana football received another shocking news when one of the finest tactical brains passed on to. “Coachene” coach E.K Afraine died in a fatal accident en route to be transferred to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital from Accra where he was being treated of mild stroke.
In the space of a year, C.K Gyamfi, Cecil Jones Attuquayefio, Fred Osam Duodu and now Afranie have passed on. Ironically, the then FA President of his finest moment in 2001, Ben Koufie also passed on in July 2016
Here are six highlights of Afraine’s career as coach.
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. Afraine qualified four different Ghanaian national teams to the World Cup – the Black Starlets in 1991, 1997, 2001 with the Black Satellites where he won silver, and the Black Queens in 1999.
. The key components of his 2001 silver winning squad at the U-20 World Cup moved on to help Ghana qualify for its first World Cup in 2006. Notable players include; Michael Essien, John Mensah, John Paintsil, Derek Boateng, Sulley Muntari, Addoquaye Pappoe and Razak Pimpong.
· He was assistant coach of the Black Stars team that won 1978 Africa Cup of Nations, serving as number two to recently Coach Osam Duodu.
· Coach Afranie led Ghana’s campaign at the 1984 AFCON. The team exited the competition in the first round.
· Afranie also coached Hearts of Oak and supervised the Phobians to lift their 12th Premier League title in the 1996/97 season but was sacked prior to the start of the 1997/98 season.
· The veteran coach handled Asante Kotoko, supervising one of the most disappointing result in the club’s history – 4-0 against Al Ahly in CAF Champions League in 2006.
· He guided Sporting Mirren to relegation in 2008/09 season before taking over the top job of then newly promoted New Edubiase United