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Former Ghana and Ajax midfielder Yakubu Abubakari dies aged 36

Former Ghana And Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Yakubu Abubakar has passed on in his native country Ghana after battling some illness.

Yakubu who died on Tuesday afternoon at the age of 36 is reported to have been under oxygen support at the Tema Government Hospital before his demise.

Born in Tema, Yakubu joined AFC Ajax at only 17, going on to remain in the Netherlands for one full decade. He made his Eredivisie debut on April 19, 2000, playing 50 minutes in a 1–1 away draw against FC Den Bosch and finishing his first season with only five appearances.

Yakubu played in an average of 15 league games in the following four years, helping the Amsterdam side to two national championships and the 2002 edition of the Dutch Cup.

He spent the 2004–05 campaign on loan at Vitesse Arnhem in the Eredivisie.

In the ensuing off-season, Yakubu signed permanently with Vitesse for four years and was released in the summer of 2009. In early October, he had an unsuccessful trial with TSV 1860 München in Germany.

Yakubu won the Eredivisie twice with Ajax in 2002 and 2004.

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