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Ghanaian goalkeeper Dossey dies

Ibrahim Dossey (Pic: Pandurii Targu Jiu)
Dossey was part of the team that won Africa's first Olympic football medal
Ghanaian keeper Ibrahim Dossey, who was in a coma for the past three months following a car accident, has died in Romania.

The 1992 Olympic bronze medallist, who most recently played for Romanian second division side Targoviste, died in a Bucharest hospital on Tuesday, aged 36.

He sustained serious head injuries in a car accident in September near the mountain resort of Breaza, north of Bucharest.

Dossey recently regained consciousness and there had been hopes he would be transferred to Klagenfurt, Austria, for treatment.

Dossey was the type of player that any coach and club owner would want

FC Brasov chairman Dinu Gheorghe
He suffered a heart attack, however, on Tuesday morning and doctors were unable to resuscitate him.

Born in Accra in 1972, Dossey moved to Romania eight years ago, where he played for FC Brasov, Rapid Bucharest, Unirea Sannicolau Mare and Pandurii Targu Jiu.

"Dossey was the type of player that any coach and club owner would want," FC Brasov chairman Dinu Gheorghe said.

"He was admirable from all points of view.

"Nobody had to pull him to make him work. There was nothing you could reproach him for."

Dossey was a key member of Ghana's historic under-23 team that won Africa's first Olympic football medal, at the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992.

He agreed a two-year contract extension with Targoviste just days before he was involved in the accident.

The shot-stopper fell into a coma on 13 September after the accident. His wife and daughter, who were also in the car, escaped unhurt.

Dossey will be buried in the Romanian town of Hrisova on Thursday.

His family told BBC Sport that they had tried to make arrangements to fly the body to Accra for a quick burial in accordance with Islamic tradition, but eventually decided to lay him to rest in his adopted country.



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