HUNDREDS of football enthusiasts from all over the country poured into the Heroes’ Park at the Baba Yara Stadium last Thursday to pay their last respects to Kessben FC’s defender Bartholomew Yeboah, who collapsed and died in a league game in Accra on March 7, this year.
As the late Yeboah’s teammates and club officials including Kessben FC’s president, Mr Kwabena Kesse, filed past his mortal remains, which were dressed in club jersey, they broke down in tears.
The body was later buried at his hometown, Akrokerri in the Ashanti Region.
Before the burial a memorial service was held at the Heroes’ Park at the Baba Yara Stadium where the body was laid in state.
Ghanaian football was thrown into a state of mourning when Yeboah, a budding 20-year-old defender of Kessben FC collapsed on the pitch in a league match against Liberty Professionals in Accra on March 7 and died the next morning in hospital.
The incident took place when the defender broke down with seven minutes left at Kessben’s 4-0 defeat to Liberty Professionals but could not survive after being rushed to hospital.
His death came as a huge tragedy not only to Kessben FC but also to the game in Ghana and indeed Africa.
At his funeral service tributes poured in from his club, family, the Professional League Board and the Ghana FA among others.
They are expressed shock at the death of the young man who was a great hope to his family.
Players of Liberty Professionals came down from Accra to express their sympathies with the bereaved family.