Former Ghana and Bayern Munich defender Samuel Osei Kuffour has lost his mother Gloria Abena Ateah after a short illness in Kumasi. Madam Ateah passed away on Friday night.
She will fondly be remembered for a touching story of when she sold her television set to ensure that Kuffour attained his desire of becoming a professional footballer.
The player also named a seven-storey building in Accra after his mother. The structure, Abena Ateaa Towers houses the Academic City College, formerly known as Sikkim Manipal University, and the Ring Road branch of the Access Bank.
Kuffour made 59 appearances for the Black Stars after featuring for all the various junior national teams.
He won bronze with the Black Meteors in 1992 and finished with two runner-ups medals in 1993 with the Starlets and Satellites as well as gold with the Starlets in 1991.
The SuperSports pundit also won five Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich and a Champions League title in 2000-2001 season where the German side beat Valencia.