The management and players of Sharks FC have expressed shock over the demise of one of their safest hands in the history of the club, Raymond Qacopome.
The Ghanaian goalkeeper, who donned the colours of the Blue Angels in the 80s was at that time the most talked about foreign goalkeeper except for his kinsman, Edward Ansar who played for defunct Leventis United and former Iwuanyawu Nationale now Heartland FC.
Sharks Assistant Coach, Sunny Iseokhoema who played briefly with Qacopome in 1988 before he left for his native Ghana, after a tight contest for the number shirt of the club with Idah Peterside, described the Ghanaian import as a very easy going person who likes eating kenke, a Ghanaian delicacy.
“I heard of the demise of Raymond Qacopome on a radio program and truly I was cold to my marrow because he was one of the best, if not the best foreign goalkeeper in the 80s, except for Edward Ansar who was more popular because he played for defunct Leventis United and Iwuanyawu nationale”.
“Though, he didn’t play in the team for long before he left for his native Ghana, Qacopome was a calm person and committed to Sharks pursuit for glory for the brief time”, Iseokhoema said.
He also described Qacopome as a model to keepers like Idah Peterside and victor Hilary who both joined the team after winning the soccer event at the National Sports Festival in 1988, ‘because instead of seeing them as rivals he encouraged them to fight for his shirt’.
“He was a role model to the likes of Idah Peterside and victor Hilary as the former went ahead to take over from him at a tender age”, he noted.
General Manager of the club, Okey Kpaluku who never had the opportunity of working with the Ghanaian import before he left Nigeria for his country, said Qacopome will always have a place in the history of the team because available records showed that he was dedicated to his duty and always a delight to watch in the colours of Sharks.
Kpaluku urged the family of Raymond Qacopome to take his demise in good fate and pray that God in his infinite mercy will give his immediate family the fortitude to bear the loss.
“Though I did not meet Raymond Qacopome in Sharks, when I heard of his demise I had to make calls to find out more about him and was made to understand that on and off the field of play, Qacopome thinks and sleep Sharks FC”
Captain of the side, Odinga Odinga said he was heart broken when he heard of the death of Qacopome because apart from the out field players, the Ghanaian goalkeeper was one reason I went to watch Sharks play as an upcoming player, he was always a delight.