The Ghana Football Association has confirmed that 36-year-old Yakubu Abubakar, who represented the Black Stars in their qualifying matches for the 2006 World Cup, has passed away in the city Tema on Tuesday afternoon.
It is still unknown how Abubakar, who spent over 10 years plying his trade in Holland, passed away.
Abubakar was first promoted to the senior Ajax Amsterdam side in 1999, going on to make 88 appearances for the Dutch giants as a defensive midfielder, claiming three assists.
During his time at the Amsterdam Arena, Abubakar played against the likes of AC Milan, Inter Milan and Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League.
The Ghanaian was a late second-half substitute in Ajax's 1-1 draw with the Gunners at Highbury in 2003, Nigel de Jong's goal for the visitors cancelling out Sylvain Wiltord's early opener.
Abubakar was loaned out to Dutch rivals Vitesse Arnhem in 2004 and after an impressive season at the GelreDome, a stadium used in Euro 2000, the move was made permanent for €750k.