The Ghana Football Association has released a statement in commemoration of the May 9 Disaster which occurred at the Accra Sports Stadium 22 years ago:
As we mark the 22nd Anniversary of the May 9th Stadium disaster today, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) once again extend our profound condolences to the families and friends of the victims and the entire football family.
Today is a day of grief as we once again remember the incident that claimed the lives of 127 football fans at the Accra Sports Stadium following a stampede during a Ghana Premier League match between Accra Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko in 2001.
On this sad day, we remember our fallen friends, heroes, colleagues, and comrades who lost their lives in that manner whilst supporting the game they truly love.
The GFA remains committed to honour the memory of our fallen friends by continuing our efforts to improve safety standards at our match venues.
The GFA wishes to appeal to all football administrators, security officers, medical professionals and indeed football-loving Ghanaians to co-operate with the federation and other stakeholders to ensure we don’t experience such incidents in our game ever again.
We call on clubs to join the Association to continue educating their fans on the laws of the game and to remain law-abiding before, during, and after league matches.
Let us constantly remind ourselves that never again should such a tragedy befall our beautiful game and our beloved nation.
May the souls of our departed football enthusiasts continue to rest in perfect peace.