Baba Yara

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Baba Yara
birthday October 12, 1936
place of birth KumasiGhana
date of death 5th May 1969
Place of death AccraGhana
position Right winger
Years station Games (goals) 1
1955-1961 Asante Kotoko
1961-1963 Real Republicans
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1955-1963 Ghana 49 (51)
1 Only league games are given.

Baba Yara (born October 12, 1936 in Kumasi , † May 5, 1969 in Accra ) was a Ghanaian football player .

life and career

Baba Yara was born in Kumasi on October 12, 1936 . Already as a child he showed football talent, but his main interest was horse racing . He was a jockey at the Accra Turf Club between 1950 and 1955 .

In 1955 Yara was discovered and a member of the Asante Kotoko soccer club . On October 30 of that year, the "King of Wingers of West Africa" (was German  King of winger West Africa ) made his debut in the national team of Ghana . In the 7-0 win over Nigeria Yara contributed two goals and prepared four more. In 1961, Yara moved to the newly founded Real Republicans .

On March 24, 1963, after the Premier League game against the Volta Heroes in Kpandu , Yara sustained a spinal cord injury in a truck accident near Kpeve . He was flown to Stoke Mandeville Hospital in the UK for treatment . After over three months on the island, he was relocated to his home country and a local medicine man tried to cure the footballer but failed. After being bedridden for the next six years, Yara died in Accra on May 5, 1969 .

Yara had been voted Ghana's Footballer of the Year twice in his nine-year career as a professional footballer and scored 51 goals in 49 games for the national team.

The Kumasi Sports Stadium has been officially named Baba Yara Stadium in honor of Baba Yara since 2004 .

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