Former Ghana international Yakubu Abubakari is dead.

He died aged 35.

Ghana Football Association announced the sad news on Wednesday via their twitter handle.

“We’re sad to hear the death of former Ghana, Ajax & Vitesse midfielder Abubakari Yakubu, our thoughts are with his family. may his soul RIP.

“Yakubu Abubakari (Zapata) played for #Ghana U17, U20, U23 and Black Stars. He also played for Dutch sides @AFCAjax & @MijnVitesse . RIP.” It wrote.

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Born in Tema, Yakubu joined AFC Ajax at only 17, going on to remain in the Netherlands for one full decade. He made his Eredivisie debut on 19 April 2000, playing 50 minutes in a 1–1 away draw against FC Den Bosch and finishing his first season with only five appearances.

Yakubu played in an average of 15 league games in the following four years, helping the Amsterdam side to two national championships and the 2002 edition of the Dutch Cup. He spent the 2004–05 campaign on loan to fellow league team Vitesse Arnhem before signing a permanent deal with the side on a four-year contract.

He also played for the Black Stars from 2002 to 2006 where he made 16 appearances, playing in every game of Ghana’s three matches at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations where the Black Stars crashed out in the group stages.

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