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Remembering the May 9th Football Disaster: Stakeholders Pay Tribute

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Stakeholders in the Ghanaian football community have marked the 22nd anniversary of the May 9th football disaster that occurred at the Accra Sports Stadium in 2001. The tragedy claimed 127 lives, making it one of the most significant football disasters worldwide. On Tuesday morning, a wreath-laying ceremony was held as various bereaved families, the Ghana Football Association, Ministry of Youth and Sports, National Sports Authority, and representatives of Hearts and Kotoko remembered the football fans who lost their lives.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Mustapha Ussif, in his address, emphasized that the commemoration of the May 9th disaster stood as a solemn reminder of the many lives lost. He stated that the disaster served as a reminder of the importance of safety in stadiums and promised to ensure the safety of all athletes and football fans. He urged football fans to comport themselves while patronizing football matches, noting that the commemoration should serve as a unifier in the football fraternity.

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In his address, Professor Peter Twumasi, Director-General of the National Sports Authority, consoled the various bereaved families and reiterated the continued support for their well-being. He emphasized that the safety of fans at various stadiums remained one of the major responsibilities of the NSA, which is the sole custodian of the country’s sporting infrastructure. He noted that all the renovated and newly built stadia have been improved in terms of the entry and exit points, which would ensure the safety of lives at all times.

For the most part, the annual wreath-laying ceremony was attended by significant individuals, including the CEO of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Nana Yaw Amponsah, Prosper Harrison Addo, GFA General Secretary, and some representatives of Accra Hearts of Oak.

It is heartwarming to see that after 22 years, the football community has not forgotten the lives lost in the disaster. It is also a reminder that safety should always be a top priority in sports events. We hope that the commemoration will continue to serve as a reminder to take necessary safety measures to prevent a repeat of such a tragedy in the future.

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