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Ibrahim Sunday of Ghana made football history by becoming the first ever African footballer to appear in the Bundesliga in Germany.

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Ibrahim Sunday

Ibrahim Sunday was born on 22th July, 1944, is a Ghanaian former footballer and coach. He was born in Koforidua, Eastern Region, Ghana. Sunday started his career playing for local club Kumasi Asante Kotoko, of which he became the captain. In 1970, he and his club won the African Cup of Champions, predecessor of the CAF Champions League, the first international title obtained by the club.

 As a midfielder, he played the majority of his career for Asante Kotoko, and was also a member of the national team, participating in two Africa Nations Cup tournaments. In 1971, he won the African Footballer of the Year award.

Ibrahim Sunday

In 1975, Sunday moved to Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga, where in two seasons he barely had any playing time, appearing in only one league match against Rot-Weiß Essen in December 1976. This, however, made him the first ever African footballer to appear in the Bundesliga.

As a coach, Sunday managed his former club Asante Kotoko, leading them to their second African Cup of Champions victory in 1983. He also managed Abuakwa Susubiribi and Ashanti Goldfields of Ghana, FC 105 Libreville of Gabon and Ivorian club Africa Sports of Abidjan, whom he also led to the continental title in 1992.

Ibrahim Sunday

Bibliography:

  1. “Ibrahim Sunday”. worldfootball.net. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  2.  Ibrahim Sunday Biography and Statistics – Olympics at Sports-References.com Archived 12 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3.  “Kernkompetenz Sitzfleisch”. 11Freunde (in German). 3 August 2007. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  4.  Müller, Jan Christian (1 June 2007). “Der Kopfballartist zauberte nur eine Halbzeit lang”. Frankfurter Rundschau (in German). Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  5.  “Bundesliga Ergebnisse Fussballportal.de”. fussballportal.de (in German). Retrieved 22 April 2017.

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