- Published on Friday, 24 July 2015 14:38
The Man Sir Cecil Jones Attuquayefio was born on 18th October, 1944 in Accra.
Attuquayefio's contribution to football in our country touched the lives of many people not only in Ghana but also in many countries in Africa.
He was an outstanding coach, player and administrator and will be remembered for his various accomplishments and the contributions he made to the game in Ghana.
Attuquayefio was a member of the Black Stars team that won the 1965 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia and captained Accra Great Olympics to win the Ghana Premier League title five years later.
While serving as the vice-president of the Ghana Football Association and deputy general secretary in the 1980s and 1990s, he helped to set up the current strong foundations of our federation.
As a coach, he led clubs in Ghana like Accra Great Olympics, Okwahu United, AshantiGold, Liberty Professionals and Stade Abidjan of Ivory Coast as well as the Benin national team qualifying them to their first ever African Nations cup.
However, his formidable coaching achievements are that he coached Hearts of Oak to win the 2000 African Champions League. This helped him to win the African coach of the year in 2000, and enabled Hearts to be the 8th club in the world according to CCN´s Top 10 Clubs in the world in that same year. And he was the coach of Hearts which won the CAF Super Cup in 2001 beating Zamalek FC in the final, winning the Coach of the year that season also.
Moreover, he was the coach of Accra Hearts of Oak which won the maiden edition of the CAF Confederation Cup in 2005 beating arch-rivals Kumasi Asante Kotoko in the final.
He served our national teams with distinction having coached the Black Starlets to the Fifa U-17 World Cup bronze medal in 1999 in New Zealand and was also the assistant coach the Black Meteors team that won Africa's first Olympic football medal in Barcelona 1992 with bronze. He also made great strides with the senior national team the Black Stars.
Unfortunately, this great football administrator died in the early hours of 12th May, 2015 at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
He received a state burial at the forecourt of the state house and was later buried at the Awudome cemetery in Accra.
Rest in peace Sir…the only Sir in Ghanaian football.