Edward Acquah

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Edward Acquah (born July 23, 1935 - October 6, 2011 ) was a Ghanaian football player . The 188 centimeter tall attacker was known as “Mr. Sputnik ”.

Acquah started his career at Sekondi Eleven Wise . In 1959 he left the club to help build a new team, Sekondi Ghana Independence . In the coming year, however, Acquah returned to Sekondi Eleven Wise and won the Ghana Premier League with the team that was henceforth called "Western Show Boys" . In 1961 he was committed by Kwame Nkrumahs club Accra Real Republicans , where he was under contract until the club's dissolution in February 1966; therefore he returned to Sekondi , where he was involved in the management of his youth club. Acquah is said to have scored over 400 goals in league and friendly matches during his club career .

Acquah took part in a European tour with the national team in 1961; In 1963 you could celebrate winning the African Championship in your own country. With two goals in the first round match against Ethiopia and in the final against Sudan , he played a decisive role in the success (the final goals are partly attributed to storm partner Wilberforce Mfum ). At the Olympic football tournament in 1964 , the four-time Acquah also scored two goals. In his national team career, which lasted from 1953 to 1964, according to contemporary sources, Acquah should have scored 170 goals in 67 games ( Baba Yara , who stormed between 1955 and 1963, is said to have scored 51 goals in 49 games, while the national team record is currently 33 goals - Abédi Pelé , 1982 to 1998).

Acquah passed away at the age of 76 after a long illness.

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  1. ^ African Nations Cup 1963 ( English ) In: rsssf.com . Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  2. baba yara obituary ( English ) In: flickr.com . Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  3. ABEDI PELÉ (Abedi Pelé Ayew): Ghana's most brilliant "Black Star" ( German ) In: fifa.com . Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  4. Ex-striker Acquah passes away at 76 ( English ) In: ghanafa.org . Retrieved March 15, 2012.