Former Ghana and Asante Kotoko football great Dogo Moro was confirmed dead on Tuesday, May 30.
Dogo Moro Biography
Dogo Moro is widely recognized as the best sweeper in the history of African football. With an impeccable record of never receiving a red card throughout his career, Moro's legacy in Ghana's football annals remains unparalleled.
Dogo Moro Early Life
Dogo Moro was born to a father from Buntuku in northern Ghana and a Brong mother from Kintampo. He began his football journey in Kumasi, Ashanti region, where he started his professional career with the first-division side Evergrease.
Shortly after, he transferred to Kumasi Asante Kotoko, a top-tier club, where he showcased his skills for a remarkable seven-year period.
Dogo Moro Career
Throughout his illustrious career, Dogo Moro displayed exceptional defensive prowess, earning him the title of Ghana's best sweeper and libero.
His impact on the national team, the Black Stars, cannot be overstated, as he was a vital member of the first Ghana Black Stars team. Additionally, Moro played an instrumental role in securing the 1963 and 1965 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophies for Ghana.
Moro's contributions were not limited to the international stage. He played a key role in Asante Kotoko SC's triumph in the 1970 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League.
His leadership and defensive skills greatly contributed to the team's success, solidifying his reputation as one of the greatest African defenders of all time.
Dogo Moro's defensive abilities were unmatched during his playing days. Known for his exceptional tackles, he prided himself on playing a clean game without resorting to rough play.
Remarkably, Moro never missed a penalty throughout his career, showcasing his composure and accuracy from the spot. His finesse and dedication to fair play set him apart as a true sportsman.
In an interview with DS Sports, Moro reflected on his experiences as a Ghanaian footballer. He vividly described the challenging conditions they faced, playing without proper football boots or stadiums.
He shared anecdotes about the team's preparations under the guidance of Ohene-Djan, including a two-month European tour each year, which greatly benefited the national team.
When asked about his toughest opponents, Moro mentioned Rockson of Corners FC and the renowned Tonda Balogun from Nigeria.
These formidable strikers provided him with formidable challenges, further proving his exceptional defensive skills and resilience on the pitch.
Dogo Moro's contributions to Ghanaian football have not gone unnoticed. In recognition of his achievements, a local football park in Kumasi-Asawase has been named after the legendary sweeper—a testament to his enduring impact on the sport.
Dogo Moro’s Cause of Death
Moro, who played for the Black Stars and Kotoko in the 1950s is said to have died on Tuesday, May 30, 2023.
He was pronounced dead after few days of illness. At the moment, there are no reports on the cause of his death.