Ghana's football legend Baba Yara lives on 50 years after his death

Ghana's football legend Baba Yara lives on 50 years after his death

- Bara Yara was born on October 12, 1963 and grew to emerge as Ghana's greatest football star at the time

- Baba Yara and his team were involved in an accident on their return from a football match

- He died at 33 after after sustained a spinal injury from the motor accident

- Ghana's biggest stadium has been named after him

Over 50 years ago, the great Baba Yara took his last breath at age 33 after he sustained a spinal injury via a motor accident at Kpeve in the Volta region.

On March 4, 1963, Baba Yara was involved in an accident when he and his team mates were returning to Accra after playing a match against Volta Heroes at Kpando.

He sustained a spinal injury which ended his career prematurely at the age of 26, after being bedridden for about 6 years.

He was flown to Stoke Mandeville Hospital in the United Kingdom for treatment for a period of 3 months but the young soccer hero only returned in a wheelchair.

50 years on after the great Baba Yara passed on
Ghanaian football legend, Baba Yaya. Photo credit: Ghana Sports Online
Source: UGC

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For 6 years, Baba Yara was bedridden and eventually died after a very quiet life in a wheelchair.

Yara died at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital on May 5, 1969, at 33.

Prior to his death as an active player, Baba Yara scored 2 goals and made 4 assists for his Black Stars debut in a game against Nigeria which ended 7-0 against Nigeria in 1955.

He played for the Black Stars of Ghana 51 times and scored 49 goals. He also won a lot of trophies with Asante Kotoko.

Yara's football career was cut short tragically in his prime at the age of just 26.

Ghana's largest multi-purpose stadium in Kumasi with a seating capacity of 40,528 was named after him.

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Among the list are notable performing senior high schools in Ghana including Wesley Girls High School, Prempeh College, Tamele Senior High school, Opoku Ware High School and others.

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