The football world was thrown into a state of shock and sorrow following the death of former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings, who passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2020 after a brief illness.
According to state-owned Daily Graphic, the former President had been on admission at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital for about a week for an undisclosed ailment. He was 73.
Rawlings might be seen as a political figure by numerous people, but it is a thing to note that he was the brain behind Ghana’s 1982 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) triumph in Libya.
Since his death, several football clubs and football persons have been commiserating and eulogising the him.
Here are some tributes;
On behalf of the government and people of the Republic of Liberia, and in my own name, I wish to convey deepest and profound sympathy to the government and people of Ghana, the Rawlings family and the entire Africa for the death of a great statesman, Former President….. pic.twitter.com/HoGxb1owRP
— George Weah (@GeorgeWeahOff) November 12, 2020
On behalf of the entire football family, we dedicate today’s victory to our late former President Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings 💔
R.I.P Sir 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/InegB4pUoy
— Ghana Football Association (@ghanafaofficial) November 12, 2020
The @PFAGofficial mourns the death of former Ghana President and avid football fan, Jerry John Rawlings.
You will forever remain in our hearts, Papa J 🙏 pic.twitter.com/rMVdAEQnlq
— PFAG (@PFAGofficial) November 12, 2020
Words can’t express how sad we are at the loss of one of our biggest fans. We are stunned by this sudden news and deeply saddened by the massive loss; we sympathize with the bereaved family. Our condolences.
🔴🟡🔵#AHOSC #RIP 😪 pic.twitter.com/WyrniMvZlW
— Phobians (@HeartsOfOakGH) November 12, 2020
The entire Dreams FC family is pained by the sudden death of former President of the Republic of Ghana @JJRawlings_. Our thoughts are with the family.
A Father is gone 😭
Rest well #PapaJ. pic.twitter.com/JrtW53BvFu
— Dreams Football Club (@DreamsFootballC) November 12, 2020
Fare thee well Mr Président-you were a unique personality you we’re a son of Africa -outspoken -straight forward and with eternal charisma -May your soul RIPP.i salut you sir🙏🏿🙏🏿✊🏿✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/EcB0FSElCI
— Anthony Baffoe (@AnthonyBaffoe) November 12, 2020
We are heartbroken to hear of the passing of former Ghana President H.E. Jerry John Rawlings.
Our hearts and thoughts are with his immediate family, his party, government and the people of Ghana.
may he rest in Peace.#MEDSC #MauveandYellow 💜💛 #MEDSCtotheNextLevel pic.twitter.com/BnPWo8HPwC
— Medeama SC (@MedeamaSC) November 12, 2020
Rest Well Sir pic.twitter.com/4eAnPzQUbo
— Asante Kotoko SC (@AsanteKotoko_SC) November 12, 2020
R.I.P 💔💔💔💔. Thank you for everything. Ghanaians will always remember you hero. 💔💔💔🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/vor2EdXFjE
— ASAMOAH GYAN (@ASAMOAH_GYAN3) November 12, 2020
Rawlings was one of those I thought will never die. Always seemed indestructible. #RIPJerryRawlings
— Gary Al-Smith (@garyalsmith) November 12, 2020
It’s with great regret and grief to share the news of the death of Former President Flt. LT J.J Rawlings. His Demise has left the nation stunned and in great shock. Rest in Power Sir, Farewell#BTFC #RIP💔 #AdepaNotice #RIPJerryRawlings pic.twitter.com/Le4h1FjM9J
— Bofoakwa Tano FC (at 🏡) (@bofoakwatano) November 12, 2020
All of us @LegonCitiesFC are saddened by the sudden passing away of former President of the Republic of Ghana @JJRawlings_. Our thoughts are with the bereaved family at this very difficult moment. Rest in Peace Mr President. pic.twitter.com/WszSp5Lstg
— Legon Cities FC (@LegonCitiesFC) November 12, 2020
Our condolences go out to the family of the Former President J.J Rawlings.
May His Soul Rest In Peace 🕊 pic.twitter.com/5HYhHIWGOm
— Berekum Chelsea FC (@BerekumChelseaF) November 12, 2020
We are deeply saddened by the demise of former President JJ Rawlings.
Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and the people of Ghana at large in this difficult time.
Rest well, Papa J! pic.twitter.com/nekdwTbFL9
— visionfootballclub (@vfootballclub) November 12, 2020
Gone from our sight but never from our Heart . RIP Papa J 🙏 pic.twitter.com/f4HbldDvFi
— Ebusua Dwarfs FC (@Ebusua_Dwarfs) November 12, 2020
Breaking: Former Ghana president J.J Rawlings confirmed dead https://t.co/XI8d6xv5BT
Rest in Peace pic.twitter.com/e7XmoxcaNq
— AugustOkrah Official (@AugustineOkrah1) November 12, 2020
Rest In Peace J.J. Rawlings 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/veVOXT6g9H
— Liberty Professionals FC (@LibertyProfFC) November 12, 2020
Rest well Mr. President @officeofJJR you served well.!! pic.twitter.com/x1FxbueuNx
— Edmund Ackah (@EdmundAckah) November 12, 2020