Former Ghana international Gloria Oforiwaa dies at 36

Rachael Ugiagbe

Ex-Ghana International Gloria Adwoa Oforiwaa has died at the age of 36 after battling an illness.

Oforiwaa nicknamed “Beley Beley” during her playing days, was confirmed dead on Saturday in Accra.

The former Black Queens striker was hospitalized for some time with an illness before her sudden death.

“Gloria is dead. She died yesterday after an illness she was battling.

”It is very sad we lost Gloria, she was a wonderful person,” an ex-playmate of the deceased disclosed to Ghanasportsonline.com.

Pic: Lee Smith. Ghanas Alberta Sackey celebrates scoring her first goal with Oforiwaa on her back

Born May 11, 1981, she was a key member of the Ghanaian team which competed at the 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals and also featured in four Africa Women’s Championships from 2002 to 2008.

She made her FIFA Women’s World Cup debut at USA 2003 where Ghana defeated Australia 2 – 1 in Portland.

She went on to make four appearances between 2003 and 2007 at the mundial; involved in three wins and one loss, without registering a goal.

The former Fabulous Ladies, Ghatel Ladies and Police Ladies player retired from active football in 2008, having fully represented her country in major tournaments.

The deceased was serving her fatherland in the capacity of a police officer in the Ghana Police Service.

Oforiwaa can be seen celebrating with Alberta Sackey between 0:11-0:13

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