Joe Dakota: Ex-Hearts of Oak captain dies in US at age 84

Joe Dakota: Ex-Hearts of Oak captain dies in US at age 84

- Former Hearts of Oak captain, Joseph Kpakpo Oti Ankrah, has reportedly died in the US

- The 84-year-old former footballer died on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at Silver Spring, Maryland after weeks on admission at the hospital's Internal Care Unit (ICU)

- Joe Dakota captained Hearts of Oak between 1960 and 1970 and also played for the Black Stars of Ghana

Former Hearts of Oak captain, Joseph Kpakpo Oti Ankrah who is popularly known as Joe Dakota, has reportedly died in the US.

Former Hearts of Oak captain Joseph Oti Ankrah dies in US after contracting coronavirus
Joe Dakota, former Hearts of Oak captain, dies in US
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The unfortunate event is said to have happened on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at Silver Spring, Maryland after the 84-year-old former footballer suffered kidney problem.

Joe Dakota played in central defence for Hearts of Oak between 1960 and 1970. He captained Hearts of Oak for very long time and played as a defender.

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The talented defender relocated to the United States after his career together with the likes of the late Alhaji Hearts.

His granddaughter Abigail Otua confirmed that the former defender died from kidney failure caused by his many years of battle with diabetes.

"My family and I are very upset about the news going around about how my grandpa passed away. The information and my grandpa passing from the Covid-19 virus is false," Abigail Otua told on Thursday night.

"My grandpa passed away from kidney failure due to diabetes. His kidneys failed him and that was the cause of his unfortunate death," she added.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Emmanuel Harrison, Ghanaian amateur footballer, has been confirmed dead in Italy.

According to a report on, Harrison was confirmed dead on Monday, March 30, 2020 after he was hospitalized for 10 days.

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Emmanuel Harrison passed away at the Oglio Po Hospital in Vicomoscano, a town in the northern Italian region of Lombardia in Italy.

It was gathered that the Ghanaian played for some amateur teams, including Maffei, where he led the attack.

Aside from being a footballer, it was also reported that Harrison also operated a forklift at a local factory, EmiliaNa Parati.

Before his death, Harrison had plans of moving to London where his wife and three children live, but had been constrained by paperwork.

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