Former Ghana legend Kwasi Owusu dies aged 72

Kwasi Owusu
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Kwasi Owusu, one of the most lethal forwards in the history of Ghana football has passed away aged 72.

Ghana’s football governing body the Ghana Football Association, however, confirmed the news of Owusu’s death on Monday, March 30th.


Owusu captained the Black Stars at the 1970 Africa Cup of Nations, but his side lost 1-0 to host Sudan in the final. He scored three goals during the tournament.

He is fondly remembered for scoring nine goals in the 15-1 aggregate win over Niger in the qualifiers. 

Who is Kwasi Owusu?

He was born on November 7th, 1945 in Ghana. As of June 2013, he was considered to be the country’s leading international goal scorer with 36 goals.

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Kwasi Owusu

At club level, he featured for Asante Kotoko where he played 632 games and scored 231 goals between 1964 and 1987.


At the international level, he played 40 games and score 36 times for Ghana between 1969 and 1978.

He also featured at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. He was Ghana’s top scorer at the international level with 36 goals. In addition, Asamoah Gyan broke this record a few years ago.

“We were incredibly saddened by the death of another legendary former Black Stars striker Kwasi Owusu.”

“On behalf of the Confederation of African Football, we would like to express our deepest condolence to the Ghanaian Football Association.”

“We would also be grateful if you could convey our deepest sympathies. In addition, and support to the family and friends of the late Kwasi Owusu and to the entire Ghanaian Football family at this extremely difficult time” a statement from CAF signed by acting General Secretary Abdelmounaim BAH reads.

May the soul of the departed rest in peace.

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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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