May 9 disaster commemorated in Ghana

May 9 disaster commemorated in Ghana

Minister of Youth and Sports Nii Laney Vanderpuye and president of the Ghana Football Association Kwesi Nyantakyi this morning led a wreath laying ceremony at the Ohene Djan sports stadium in Accra to mark the 15th anniversary of the May 9 disaster.

May 9 disaster commemorated in Ghana

GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi laying a wreath at the Accra Sports Stadium

"Any time people gather to commemorate those who departed on May 9 when they came here to support their clubs, it is also an occasion to sound a warning to the living and to also remind ourselves the startling truth and hard lessons that we should learn from whatever disaster that occurred," Nyantakyi said to the media after laying his wreath.

May 9 disaster commemorated in Ghana

Sports minister, Nii Lantey Vanderpuje ready to lay a wreath

Fifteen  years ago today, 127 football loving fans lost their lives at the Ohene Djan sports stadium whiles there to watch Accra Hearts of Oak play Kumasi Asante Kotoko.

May 9 disaster commemorated in Ghana

Names of all 127 deceased persons on May 9, 2001

Violence erupted at the stadium when the referee erred in his judgement which resulted in a goal. To register their displeasure fans threw missiles onto the pitch,this prompted the firing of tear gas by the police into the stands  to disperse the crowd.

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In a desperate effort to escape the tear gas fans trampled over each other, resulting in the death of 127 individuals and the injuring of many others.

As Ghana commemorates this day, YEN.com.gh wishes the families of the departed our condolence.

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