- This year’s May 9th disaster is expected to be commemorated across the country
- The disaster is feared to have claimed the lives of 126 soccer fans
It’s been exactly 16 years since the May 9th disaster claimed hundreds of lives at the Accra Sports Stadium.
The disaster, which claimed the lives of close to 126 soccer fans at the stadium during an ongoing match between Hearts of Oak and Kotoko has been described by various soccer analysts as “Africa’s worst disaster”.
Even as family and friends continue to mourn the loss of their loved ones as a result of this disaster, there is expected to be a special anniversary to commemorate the unfortunate development.
It all happened when 126 soccer fans on the wings of Accra Hearts of Oak and Kotoko threw plastic seats and bottled on the pitch after the former beat Kotoko by 2-1 in a heated Ghana premier league game.
The pandemonium got worse when police officials fired tear gas into the crowd resulting in a stampede.
But even as the day is about to be marked here in Accra, a former chairman of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Herbert Mensah is commemorating the sad event with a series of events. Herbert Mensah is calling for the message of May 9th to remain “both a call for responsibility and a call to make the most of every day that God has given you.”
“We can’t predict the future and do not know what tomorrow holds for us. May 9th Remembered is a call for responsibility to all, but it is also a call to embrace every day and use the talents God has given us to create a better future for the generations that will follow us,” Mensah revealed.
The May 9th Remembered programme annually saw Herbert Mensah and some families of the victims of the deceased pay a courtesy call on the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II stating that; “I remember that day, Otumfuo was the first person that I called and he told me to be courageous”.
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