One of Ghana’s coaching icons as well as one of its finest technicians Fred Osam Duodu who died at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital after battling ill health, according to reports on Ghanaian media.
In The Gambia, the news of Osam’s death shocked the football family since Fred’s enormous contributions to Gambian football was immeasurable,. He led The Gambia’s U-17 National team to victory in the African U-17 Championship in 2005.
He was also a CAF and FIFA Instructor in coaching.
He also coached the Black Stars at various times in 1978 -1981, 1988- 1989 and also in 2002.
Fred served as technical director and General Secretary of the Ghana Football Association.
Osam won the Africa Cup of Nations for Ghana in 1978 and 1982. He also guided the Black Satellites (U-20) to a double silver at both the African and World Championships in 1993.
In an interview with the West Coast Radio, the former Secretary General of The Gambia Football Association, Mr. Jammeh E.K. Bojang who is currently the General Secretary of the West Zone A 9 (formally called WAFU) described Fred as “a great Coach and administrator who contributed immensely to not only Ghanaian and Gambian football but to African and world football”.
Mr. Seedy Kinteh, former President of The GFA described Osam as “one of the greatest coaches in Africa and indeed a great motivator which was exemplified by his commitment and devotion that earned many accolades in the global game”.
Fred Osam Duodu will surely be remembered as a Great Coach and Administrator who left behind a very rich legacy that will be the envy of most for generations yet to come.
Rest in Peace, the football world mourns you.