Somalia is deeply touched by the death of Ghanaian legend Charles Kumi Gyamfi, an iconic African football legend who lent a forceful commitment to develop football in Somalia over the years he served in the country in 1980s.
“It is with a great sadness and shock to learn the death of Charles Kumi Gyamfi, a man who fought hard to deliver his football knowledge to Somalia and gained much respect and appreciation amongst the people of Somalia” Somali FA President, Abdiqani Said Arab, said in a statement through his Media and communications manager, Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar.
“On behalf of m country and people, I am sending this condolence message to you with profound feeling of sadness over the death of your legendary coach and footballer, Charles Kumi Gyamfi. Somalia is mourning with Ghana FA and the entire people of Ghana” Somali FA President Abdiqani Said Arab, said in his condolence letter to his Ghanaian counterpart, Mr. Nyantakyi Kwesi.
“Please convey my sympathy to the family and Charles Kumi Gyamfi friends and the entire people of Ghana” the condolence message read.
The president said that the death of Charles Kumi Gyamfi is a loss for the entire Africa, as the iconic legend was the first African player to exhibit in Germany after he joined Fortuna Düsseldorf in 1960.
The Ghanaian legend served in Somalia where he led Municipal FC in 1983-1984 before he took over Somalia’s U 21 squad to Africa U 21 competition in 1984. The Ocean stars youngsters lost to Nigeria 1-0 in Lagos, after kicking Kenya out of the competition.Charles Kumi Gyamfi, was then praised by Somali FA for developing the team.