Ghana football is mourning the death of two legends that happened within a day of each other.
Opoku Afriye passed away on Sunday and hardly had the football community come to terms with the death when it was announced that another legend Kwasi Owusu had died less than 24 hours later.
Afriye was revered in Ghana for his brace that gave Ghana a historic third African Cup of Nation title in 1978. The former Asante Kotoko forward starred as Ghana beat Uganda 2-0 to lift the title in Accra.
He was also in the Black Stars team that won the 1982 AFCON title, and Ghana's fourth, in Libya.
Nicknamed ‘Bayie’, meaning wizard in his native Akan language, he was the leading marksman of his boyhood club, Asante Kotoko. He was crowned top scorer in the Ghanaian top-flight in 1979 and 1981.
Later in his career, he did the unthinkable at the time as he crossed over to eternal rivals, Hearts of Oak becoming one of the first players to feature for Ghana’s two most successful clubs.
After retirement, he served as Team Manager of Asante Kotoko, and Welfare Officer of the Ghana senior national team for some time.
Yesterday was terrible. One of Ghana's greatest goalscorers, Opoku Afriyie 'Bayie' passed on— Saddick Adams (@SaddickAdams) March 30, 2020
This morning, Ghana's 2nd all-time goalscorer behind Asamoah Gyan, Kwesi Wusu 'Power House' is confirmed dead.
Kwesi was Black Stars captain for 9 years
Two legends gone in 2 days. RIP pic.twitter.com/1BQS97WWvX
The 72-year-old Owusu, on the other hand, captained the Black Stars at the 1970 Africa Cup of Nations, as Ghana lost 1-0 to host Sudan in the final, scoring three goals during the tournament.
Nicknamed ‘Powerhouse’, he is fondly remembered for scoring nine goals in the 15-1 aggregate win over Niger in the qualifiers. He also featured at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Owusu was Ghana’s top scorer at the international level with 36 goals, a record which was only broken by Asamoah Gyan a few years ago.
At club level, he featured for Tano Bofoakwa, currently in the second-tier of Ghana football, where he remains a legend.