Today marks exactly 15 years Hearts of Oak legend Emmanuel Ofei Ansah passed on at the Ridge Hospital in Accra.
Undoubtedly, one of the club’s most decorated player departed a day after securing a 1-0 victory over his former boss, the late Jones Attuquayefio in the then Ghana Telecom (GT) Premier League.
In a tie famously branded a “father and son” affair, Ofei Ansah then stand-in coach for the Phobians secured derby victory over Liberty Professionals led by Jones Attuquayefio.
The victory celebration was rather short-lived as the former Ghanaian international collapsed following a gruelling league win and was rushed to the Ridge Hospital.
Hearts of Oak faithful and the Ghana football fraternity was thrown into a state of shock after news emerged the following day that Emmanuel Ofei Ansah has passed.
It remains unclear what could have caused his sudden demise but it became absolutely evident that the Phobians have very a very faithful and loyal servant who served the club as a player before taking up coaching duties.
Having spent over four decades with the rainbow club, Emmanuel Ofei Ansah enjoyed an illustrious career winning lots of majors as a player and coach.
He won six ghana premier league titles between 1973 and 1985, as well as 4 FA cups.
Ofei Ansah was part of Hearts of Oak team that won silver in the 1977 and 1979 Africa Club Champions series.
Since retiring from active football, he joined the club’s coaching setup that went on to win a number of titles between 1997/18 and 2001 including the champions league and CAF Super cup.
The late Ofei Ansah paid his dues not just to the Hearts of Oak family but to Ghana football after being an integral figure in the Black Stars team that won Ghana’s third African Cup of Nations trophy in 1978.