Information reaching us from various sources indicate that former Hearts of Oak captain Joe Dakota also known as ‘Sakora man’ or the ‘Big Joe’ has fallen victim to the deadly coronavirus at the age of 84.
Joe Dakota is believed to have met his demise on Thursday April 9, 2020 in the United States after losing his battle to the COVID-19.
Big Joe was dubbed the “Roger Miilla of Ghana football” by a fellow professional Osei Kofi due to his longevity in the Ghanaian game.
He played for Accra Hearts of Oak as a centre-back in the early 60’s to the late 70’s captaining a group of such great talents to achieve some great feats.
On receipt of this terrible news, Accra Hearts of Oak posted on twitter to express how saddened they are by the news.
“Everyone at Hearts of Oak is saddened to hear of the passing of our former player Jonathan Oti Ankrah (Joe Dakota).
“He was a pillar in defence at the club during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this grievous moment”, the message read.