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Henri Wientjes: Owner of Ghana Premier League side WAFA dies, GFA mourns

Published on: 12 January 2021
Henri Wientjes: Owner of Ghana Premier League side WAFA dies, GFA mourns
The late H. J. M. Wientjes

Dutch owner of Ghana Premier League side WAFA and a lifelong supporter of Ghanaian football, Henri Wientjes, has died.

The leading Dutch agricultural entrepreneur in West Africa passed away last week but the Sogakope-based club only announced his passing on Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, 6 January 2021 in his home country of Holland and the Ghana FA has also been mounring the businessman who spent most of his life supporting football in Ghana.

With over 47 years of working experience in Ghana, Wientjes has been hugely instrumental in the rise of WAFA into one of the most respected clubs in Ghana.

A club statement  read: ''It is with regret that we announce the death #WAFAcademySC owner Mr. H. J. M. Wientjes.

''He was also the Founder and Executive Chairman of African Tiger Holding and its subsidiaries.

''Details for a memorial service will be announced later.

''Sympathizers can sign a book of condolence  at the Accra office of ATHL every weekday from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.''

Apart from his support for WAFA, Wientjes ensured that his company Wienco sponsored Tamale-based RTU for over ten years with heavy financial backing.

The Ghana Football Association express their condolences to the family of Wientges following the news of his death.

"Condolences to @WAFAcademySC on the passing of team owner Henri Wientges. The sad event occurred in Holland. The late Wientges was also a key sponsor of former Premier League side Real Tamale United," the GFA statement read.

The date for his burial and funeral has not been revealed.

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