The Ghanaian football community is in mourning following the sad passing of Thomas Quaye, a revered former Ghana international and esteemed player for Accra Hearts of Oak.

Quaye, aged 57, succumbed to a cerebrovascular accident on Sunday, May 21, 2023, at the 37 Military Hospital after a valiant battle spanning several months, as confirmed by his family.

Thomas Quaye's remarkable football journey began at Ken Harrison in Mamprobi, where he honed his skills before progressing through various teams including the State Transport Company Soccer Team, Tejitex, and ultimately joining Hearts of Oak's youth team, Auroras FC.

In 1987, Quaye made his debut and sole appearance for Accra Hearts of Oak, sharing the pitch with notable teammates such as Benjamin Adjei, Shamo Quaye, Ebenezer Dugbatey, Joe Addo, Samuel Ablade Kumah, and Ezekiel Alamu. Together, they formed the celebrated Accra Hearts of Oak's Musical Youth of the late 1980s, clinching the Ghana First Division League title in the 1989/90 season.

Throughout his illustrious career, Quaye had the privilege of playing alongside renowned Hearts of Oak players including Yaw Preko, Sam Johnson 'Foyoo', Opoku Agyemang 'Oduro', Emmanuel Armah 'Senegal', Emmanuel Quarshie, Henry Acquah, and Stephen Appiah.

Regarded as one of the greatest defenders in the history of the Ghanaian Premier League, Quaye also represented Dawu Youngsters from 1990 to 1994 and Real Tamale United from 1997 to 1999, leaving an indelible mark with his dependability and consistent performances.

His talent and dedication were duly recognized with call-ups to the national under-17 team (Black Starlets) in 1987, the under-20 team (Black Satellites) in 1988, and the senior team (Black Stars) in 1989. Quaye's contributions to Ghanaian football were significant at every level.

Following his retirement as a professional player in 2002 due to a series of injuries sustained during his career, Quaye transitioned into coaching. He acquired several coaching certificates, including the Basic Certificate (2000 & 2005), Intermediate Certificate (2006), and the UEFA Certificate (2006) from the National Sports Council and the Ghana Football Association.

Quaye devoted his expertise to coaching various teams, including Universal F.C., Five Star FC, Subway FC, Third World FC, Fire Rehoboth FC, and Fire Service FC. He also served actively under the Sports Department of the Ghana National Fire Service until his untimely passing.

Thomas Quaye leaves behind his beloved wife, Margaret, and their five children namely Thomas, Frank, Bernard, Kevin, and Karen.

The football fraternity joins his family, friends, and fans in mourning the loss of an exceptional player and a respected figure in Ghanaian football. May his soul rest in eternal peace.