May 9th Stadium disaster remembered

Ghana will be commemorating the 16th year anniversary of Africa biggest football disaster, the May 9 Accra Sports stadium disaster today.

Over 127 soccer fans lost their lives in a stampede after a football match between the countries two biggest clubs Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko in 2001.

It has been described as Africa’s worst soccer disaster with the magnitude of the people that died.

Fans of Asante Kotoko began throwing plastic seats and bottles onto the pitch in protest of a supposed biased officiating from the referees on the day led by center referee Wilson Sey after Hearts struck late to beat them 2-1 in a Ghana Premier League game.

The Police who were at the stadium to protect lives and properties responded by firing tear gas canisters into the crowd in the stands which caused panic and resulted in a stampede mainly at the exits at the then Ade Coker stand at the Accra sports stadium which saw over 127 passionate soccer fans perish with hundreds of others sustained various degrees of injury.

By: Ghana/ Yamoah