Ghanaian football legend, Ibrahim Sunday had chosen his fellow Kotoko legend, Baba Yara as the greatest player in his generation.
Most of the time, football pundits and fans choose Abedi Ayew Pele as the greatest Ghanaian footballer, however, of late retired footballers who played with Osei Kofi, Mohammed Polo, Baba Yara and other great Ghanaian players have been disagreeing with the young football pundits and the football lovers.
Sunday did not only say Yara was a star among stars in his generation but the 1971 African Footballer of the Year compared him to Messi and Ronaldo.
“All the players came during their time if I talk about Baba Yara a lot of people don’t know about him but he was the greatest player of his time. Fantastic player!,” he told Footballmadeinghana.com.
“We had several others who were also great but Baba Yara was on another level. The President of France back then made a famous remark that ‘Ghanaians don’t know anything apart from Baba Yara’, at a time without as much media coverage as today he was making waves all over the world.
“If he was playing today, he would’ve been compared to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.”
Baba Yara retired from football at the age of 26 after sustaining a spinal injury in a motor accident. He died at the age of 33 at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
He scored 49 goals for Ghana in 51 games and on April 12, 2005, the Kumasi Sports Stadium was renamed after him.
by: Nana Asabere