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28 July 2016

Ghanaian referee Ofei passes on after accident

The Knight of the whistle has been pronounced dead after involving in a motor accident on Tuesday while training

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Ghana Premier League referee Emmanuel Ofei passed away on Tuesday at Adukrom near Koforidua, after involving in a motor accident while training on a highway. He was 36.

Reports suggest that the driver of the bus had a failed attempt to apply his brake when climbing a hill and knocked down Ofei, who was jogging along the passenger’s route on the road.

The promising referee, who officiated the game between Ashanti Gold and Inter Allies a fortnight ago, started his career as a footballer, before becoming a referee and has risen through the ranks from a potential to acquire a class one badge.

“It was with profound regret that the Ghana Football Association (GFA) learnt of the tragic death of referee Emmanuel Ofei on Tuesday July 26,” a Ghana FA statement read.

“The premier league referee died after sustaining injuries in a motor accident in Adukrom in the Eastern Region. Whiles we await full details of the incident, the thoughts and prayers of the entire GFA membership are with the bereaved family and loved ones at this sad time.

“Referee Ofei who officiated the matchday 19 game between Ashantigold and Inter Allies, was regarded as one of the association’s promising referees who are selected for the 2017 FIFA referees course.

The GFA and the entire Ghana football family will sorely miss him. May his gentle soul rest in peace,” the statement added.

Ghana FA has asked for premier league clubs to observe one minute silence in honour of the late Ofei in matchday 22 fixtures on Wednesday.

 

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