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Baba Yara

Baba Yara

Baba Yara was a Ghanaian international football player. He was popularly known as the ''King of Wingers''

1936

Birth
12 October 1936

Birth

Baba Yara was born on 12 October 1936

1950

Horse Jockey Player
17 July 1950

Horse Jockey Player

Baba Yara starts his career as a horse jockey player at the Accra Turf Club during his youth

1955

Signs with Kumasi Asante Kotoko
17 July 1955

Signs with Kumasi Asante Kotoko

Baba Yara signs with Kumasi Asante Kotoko in Ghana, becoming a former player of the club

1955

Black star Debut
17 July 1955

Black star Debut

Baba Yara makes his debut as a player for the Ghana Black Stars

1962

World Cup qualification debut
17 July 1962

World Cup qualification debut

Baba Yara plays for Ghana in their unsuccessful FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.

1963

Road accident
24 March 1963

Road accident

March 24, 1963, at the age of 26, while traveling back to Accra with his team, Real Republicans, Baba Yara is injured in a motor collision at Kpeve in the Volta region. His team played against Volta Heroes of Kpandu and won.

1963

Wins AFCON
17 July 1963

Wins AFCON

Baba Yara was part of the Ghana National team that wins the African Cup of Nations in 1963

1963

Flown to England for treatment
14 August 1963

Flown to England for treatment

On August 14, 1963, Baba Yara is flown to England accompanied by a surgical specialist from 37 Military Hospital named Dr. R. O. Addae. He receives treatment for his spinal injuries at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, with reports suggesting a recovery period of 4-6 months. However, his condition does not improve, and he returns home in a wheelchair.

1969

Death
05 May 1969

Death

Baba Yara passed away at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital on May 5, 1969

2005

Stadium named in his honour
17 July 2005

Stadium named in his honour

In 2005, the Baba Yara Sports Stadium was named in his honour

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