Abubakari Yakubu

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Abubakari Yakubu
Personal information
Full name Abubakari Yakubu
Date of birth (1981-12-13)13 December 1981
Place of birth Tema, Ghana
Date of death 31 October 2017(2017-10-31) (aged 35)
Place of death Tema, Ghana
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder / Defender
Youth career
Great Mariners
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2005 Ajax 65 (0)
2004–2005Vitesse (loan) 31 (0)
2005–2009 Vitesse 49 (0)
Total 145 (0)
National team
2002–2006 Ghana 16 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Abubakari Yakubu (13 December 1981 – 31 October 2017) was a Ghanaian footballer who played mainly as a defensive midfielder but also as a defender.

Club career[edit]

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

Yakubu played in an average of 15 league games in the following four years, going on to make 89 competitive appearances and helping the Amsterdam side to two national championships and the 2001–02 edition of the Dutch Cup.[2][1] During the 2002–03 campaign he featured in five matches in the UEFA Champions League, in a quarter-final run that ended at the hands of eventual champions A.C. Milan;[1] he spent 2004–05 on loan to fellow league team Vitesse Arnhem.[3]

In the ensuing off-season, Yakubu signed permanently with the latter club for four more years, being intermittently used during four seasons and released in the summer of 2009. In early October, he had an unsuccessful trial with TSV 1860 Munich from Germany.[4]

International career[edit]

Yakubu played for Ghana at every youth level, having represented the nation at under-17, under-20 and under-23 levels. He earned 16 full caps, being part of the Ratomir Dujković-led side at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations in which they suffered a group stage exit.[1]

Yakubu also took part in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying stage, helping his country to a first-ever presence in the competition but being omitted from the final squad.[1]


On 31 October 2017, Yakubu died at the Tema General Hospital in his native city at the age of 35, after battling an undisclosed illness.[5][1][6]




  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Former Ghana star Abubakar dies at the age of 36". BBC Sport. 1 November 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Obodai weet het zeker: Ajax wordt kampioen" [Obodai is sure: Ajax are champions] (in Dutch). AFC Ajax. 16 March 2004. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Vitesse agree Yakubu loan". UEFA.com. 13 July 2004. Retrieved 13 December 2006.
  4. ^ "Lucius in beeld bij 1860 München" [Lucius on trial with 1860 München] (in Dutch). NU.nl. 12 October 2009. Retrieved 27 April 2010.
  5. ^ Deen, Samson (31 October 2017). "Sad news: Ex-Ghana international Yakubu Abubakar passes on". Samson Deen. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  6. ^ "John Mensah pays tribute to Yakubu Abubakari". Modern Ghana. 2 November 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  7. ^ "A. Yakubu – Trophies". Soccerway. Retrieved 2 November 2017.

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