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Franco Ni­eto, the 33-year-old cap­tain of Ar­gen­tine lower league team Tiro Fed­eral, died in early De­cem­ber when he was at­tacked by a crowd while leav­ing the sta­dium af­ter a match be­tween his club and Chacarita Ju­niors had been aban­doned due to eight play­ers be­ing sent off. Nige­rian goal­keeper, Wil­fred Ag­bonavbare died from can­cer on Jan­uary 27, aged 48. Fre­quently the re­serve to Peter Ru­fai at Su­per Ea­gles level – in­clud­ing at the USA 94 World

Cup – Ag­bonavbare was goal­keeper of Rayo Val­le­cano in Spain be­tween 1990 and 1996. At least 25 Za­malek fans lost their lives in a stam­pede on 8 Fe­bru­ary at a match be­tween their club and ENPPI. Leg­endary Ghana­ian foot­baller, coach and ad­min­is­tra­tor Ce­cil Jones At­tuquayefio (70) passed away on May 12. At­tuquayefio was a mem­ber of the Black Stars team that won the 1965 Africa Cup of Na­tions in Tu­nisia.

As a coach, he is best re­mem­bered for his suc­cesses with Hearts of Oak, whom he guided to vic­tory in the CAF Cham­pi­ons Cup, CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup and CAF Su­per Cup as well as sev­eral Ghana League ti­tles. At­tuquayefio also coached the na­tional team, var­i­ous other clubs in Ghana, as well as Stade Abid­jan of Ivory Coast, the Benin na­tional team and Ghana’s 1999 Un­der-17 World Cup bronze medal­ists He rose to the po­si­tion of vi­cepres­i­dent of the Ghana FA.

For­mer Ghana na­tional team coach Charles Gyamfi (85) passed away on 2 Septem­ber. Gyamfi was a record-set­ter – in 1960 he joined Ger­man side For­tuna Dus­sel­dorf mak­ing him the first African player to play in Ger­many. In 1982 he be­came the first coach to win the African Na­tions Cup three times (1963, 1965 and 1982) all with the Black Stars. Gyamfi also led the Ghana side to the 1964 and 1972 Olympic Games.

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