XFM reports that former Kumasi Asante Kotoko Chairman, Herbert Mensah has joined scores of sympathizers in Kumasi to mark the 2001 May 9th stadium disaster which claimed the lives of 127 spectators at the Accra Sports Stadium.
The former football administrator has acknowledged the importance that, “we all reach out to one another when and where we can” and recounts to X FM, his experience with a woman who lost her husband in the May 9th stadium disaster.
“Today as I spend the day preparing for the May 9th remembrance events I decided to visit Maame Bisi whose late husband passed away after the match on May 9th 2001. At the time she was some 8 months pregnant! I have visited her every year since that day and helped her as I have others to overcome their grief and move on.
Her daughters have grown and doing well although Bisi has in recent times developed a back ailment which now requires surgery. Sometimes it seems as though it is the good ones and the hard done ones who continue to suffer”.
The worst stadium disaster in Africa occurred when Kumasi Asante Kotoko lost a league match to Accra Hearts of Oak through two late goals after the former had taken the lead earlier in the match.
Angry fans started throwing plastic seats and bottles onto the pitch and the police responded by firing tear gas and plastic bullets to control the crowd.
A stampede occurred as the fans tried to rush out of the stadium and 127 lives were lost due to severe deficient supply of oxygen.
Various activities will be held to mark the day including a march through the principal streets of Kumasi and a football match.
Other sports fans prefer to be silent about the occasion because of the sad memories it brings.
The Ghana Football Association has also directed that a minute’s silence be observed for the during the midweek matches in the GLO Premier League.