Ghanaian footballer, Yakubu Abubakar, has passed away at the age of 36.
The former international player, Yakubu Abubakar, died in a hospital in the southern Ghanaian city of Tema on Tuesday.
Ghana’s Football association tweeted the news and relayed their sympathies to the family of the deceased;
“We’re sad to hear the death of former Ghana, Ajax and Vitesse midfielder Abubakar
“Our thoughts are with his family. May his soul RIP.”
The media is unsure of what caused the death of the former Black Star defensive midfielder, Abubakar, who won 16 caps for Ghana.
Abubakar, who could also play in defence, left Ghana at the age of 17 to join former European champions Ajax Amsterdam.
He won two league championships, in 2002 and 2004, as well as the 2002 Dutch Cup.
In the 2002-03 season, he played five times in the European Champions League as Ajax reached the quarter-finals before bowing out against eventual winners Milan.
After 89 appearances for Ajax, Abubakar joined another Dutch side, Vitesse Arnhem, in 2004, staying with the club for five years.
Abubakar played for Ghana at every level, having represented his nation at Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 level as well.
Source: BBC Sport