The basketball fraternity in Ghana is mourning the sudden death of former Greater Accra regional chairman, Prince Vanderpuije Orgle, who died on Friday.

Many people from the sporting divide have expressed shock at the passing away of the man who helped in transforming the kismet of both basketball and cricket especially in Ghana.

Vice Chairman of the Ghana Basketball Association, Emmanuel Baafi, described the death of Vanderpuije Orgle as a terrible experience for Ghana.

‘It is a sad day for the basketball family in the country,” he said, and described Mr Orgle as a good man who was also his personal friend.

‘We observed a minute silence for him in last Friday’s Greater Accra basketball league as a mark for respect for the man who also contributed immensely to the development and promotion of the game in Ghana’.

‘Our condolences go out to his wife, children and the rest of the family’

Late Van P (left) in a pose with Lawrence Ahadzi and cricket coach in Kumasi

Chief Executive Officer of Rite Multimedia, Yaw Sakyi Afari, has also expressed ‘deep shock’ at the demise of ‘Van P’ as he was warmly called.

In a statement issued shortly after news broke of Vanderpuije Orgle’s death, the Rite Multimedia capo said the basketball and cricket fraternity had lost a dedicated son.

“Throughout his sporting career he exhibited a huge sense of humility and dedication which endeared him to his colleagues and the main actors of the game,’’ Yaw Sakyi Afari intimated’’.

He said he couldn’t imagine the grief of the family at this moment, adding “indeed, the nation has lost somebody for whom I have the greatest respect and I pray that the good Lord will keep him in his bosom.”

Prince Vanderpuije Orgle died on Friday at a hospital where he was receiving medical treatment.

By: Patrick Akoto


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