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GFA marks 22 years of May 9 Disaster

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has extended its profound condolences to the families and friends of the victims and the entire football family who lost their lives at the Accra Sports Stadium on May 9, 2001.


In a release sighted by Thinknewsonline.com, the the GFA said "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 says it remains committed to honour the memory of its fallen friends by continuing our efforts to improve safety standards at 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"


Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

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