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CEO of Asante Kotoko Urges MoYS to Build Monuments to End Hooliganism in Ghana Football

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Nana Yaw Amponsah, the Chief Executive Officer of Asante Kotoko, has called on the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) to build monuments of the May 9th disaster at all league centres in Ghana to remind fans of the need to end hooliganism. The tragic incident occurred 22 years ago during a premier league derby match between Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak, leading to the loss of 126 lives. Speaking in an interview with GNA Sports, Amponsah emphasized the need for reminders at every league centre. He suggested that signposts should be erected at the entrance of the venues to remind fans of the May 9th incident and discourage hooliganism.

Amponsah expressed concern about the increasing rate of hooliganism in Ghanaian football, which has slowed the development of the sport. He lamented that Ghanaians had failed to learn from the disaster, and urged all stakeholders to take serious steps towards curbing the situation. For the most part, hooliganism is one of the biggest challenges affecting domestic football in Ghana. The recent attack on players of Tamale City by some fans of Aduana Stars highlights the severity of the problem.

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In the aftermath of the May 9th disaster, a monument was unveiled at the Accra Sports Stadium to commemorate the incident. The monument was unveiled by Mr. Jake Obetsebie-Lamptey, former Minister of Tourism on May 9, 2003, to mark the second anniversary of the disaster. Amponsah believes that replicating such monuments at all league centres will serve as a constant reminder of the need for fans to be responsible and avoid acts of hooliganism.

In a nutshell, Amponsah’s call for the MoYS to build monuments of the May 9th disaster at all league centres is a step towards addressing the issue of hooliganism in Ghana football. It is important that all stakeholders take the matter seriously to prevent a recurrence of the tragic incident that occurred 22 years ago. Erecting signposts at the entrance of venues, similar to what is done at the Accra Sports Stadium, will serve as a constant reminder to fans to conduct themselves responsibly.

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