Celebrated veteran Ghanaian coach Mathias Ocloo is dead, BASKETBALLghana.com can confirm.
Ocloo passed away in his sleep on Thursday morning at his residence in Dome, Accra.
He was 71.
Mr Ocloo battled an illness for several months and finally gave up the fight on Thursday morning.
The veteran trainer has been an outstanding example of a personality whose drive and quest for success has been unrelenting.
The 71-year-old has served the Ghana Basketball Association in different capacities.
He has served under four powerful chairmen including Colonel JA Dellor (rtd), Brigadier General Anyidoho, Peter Kpodugbe as well as current chairman David Addo-Ashong.
He also worked as the Team Manager of the National Basketball team and coached the Women’s National team in the past.
The highly-respected administrator was the main brain behind the organization of the Greater Accra Basketball League and other tournaments as well as spearheading the annual Thome Cabalan Championship.
Mr. Ocloo worked as the head coach of the University of Ghana Basketball Team for eight years and was the long-standing coach of St Mary’s Senior High School.
One of his many brain ideas also included the introduction of the Inter City Games which involved Accra, Lome, Benin and Lagos.
He received a meritorious award for Dedication and Valour during the maiden edition of the Ghana Basketball Awards in 2013.
BASKETBALLghana.com is saddened by the news and express our condolences to the bereaved family.
Our thoughts are with them in these difficult moments.