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May 9 Stadium Disaster – 20 Years (Today) In Perspective

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May 9 Stadium Disaster – 20 Years (Today) In Perspective

May 9 2021 marks 20 years since the Accra sports stadium disaster that took away the lives of over 126 Ghanaian soccer fans and brutally shocked the nation. The Accra stadium disaster negatively affected the game of football in Ghana especially match day attendance between the two rival clubs at the center of the 2001 stadium disaster.

Fans of both Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko football clubs died during the historic disaster.

For 20 years, there has been a lot of talk from sports and government authorities about what may have gone wrong during the game to occasion such a disaster. However, little has been done to prevent a reoccurrence of the 2001 incident.

Remembering the Day

The one thing that has happened in the past twenty years is the effort made by some individual actors in Ghana football to ensure that the memory remains alive of the numerous Ghanaians who lost their lives during the 2001 Accra sports stadium disaster.
One of such people who has dedicated time and resources to keep the memory of the day alive is Herbert Mensah, chairman of Asante Kotoko during the period of the disaster. Mr. Mensah personally carried the bodies of some of the victims on May 9 2001 and remains deeply scarred by the incident.

This personal experience made a profound impact on Herbert Mensah and propelled him to start the May 9 Foundation, a charity organization with the aim of supporting families of the victims of the disaster, keeping the memories alive and promoting the inherent lessons to be learnt from the historic disaster.

For 20 years, he has championed the annual remembrance of the Accra sports stadium disaster in both Kumasi and Accra. For 20 years, he and his organization has supported the families of the victims of the stadium disaster. And for 20 years, he and the May 9 foundation have ensured that Ghanaians and the world never forget about the historically disastrous day in Ghana. Unfortunately, for 20 years, other sports administrators and government officials have been apathetic towards the activities and efforts to keep the memories of the historic day alive.

According to Herbert Mensah, past governments and sports authorities have shown very little to no interest in supporting the memory of the day or the lives of the families left behind. And although he was not personally responsible for the disaster that occurred on that day, Herbert Mensah has made it his life-long cause to keep the flame of remembrance burning and extend the blessings of charity to those who desperately need it.

With support from the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, King of Asanteman, who is also patron of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, plus a dedicated group of private sponsors, Herbert Mensah has kept the memory of May 9 alive and brought hope and consolation to the numerous families and young children who struggled to grow up with single parents due to the Accra stadium disaster.

Dedicated Sponsors

In the past couple of years, many dedicated sponsors have supported the personal effort of Mr. Mensah to help families of victims and keep the memories of the dead alive. They include the Sunda International group, Interplast Ghana, Gino products and many others. These sponsors have continued to support the individual efforts of the veteran sports administrator and business man in line with the values of their business operations and as part of their corporate social responsibilities.

Embrace The Day

The theme for the 20th anniversary of the Accra stadium disaster is ‘’EMBRACE THE DAY’’ to remind Ghanaians that the only way to prevent a repeat of the Accra stadium disaster is to never forget the historic incident and the suffering of the families of the victims.

The May 9 foundation will launch a photo book that captures the memories of the past 20 years of charity work and demonstration of compassion and support by individuals and organizations.

Charity Work

The May 9 foundation’s charity work started off to give material support to families of the Accra sports stadium disaster. However, the foundation over the years has extended its charity work to include supporting victims of fire outbreaks, flooding disasters, the physically disabled and sick children in need of medical and material assistance.

Official Recognition Finally Here

Herbert Mensah has championed the May 9 remembrance and charity activities over the past 20 years without official support or even recognition or acknowledgement from either the Ghanaian sports officials or the Ghanaian government.

However, in this 20th year, President of Ghana Nana Akufo Addo is set to give official acknowledgement to the hard and dedicated work of the May 9 foundation as it officially launches itself into a full-blown charity foundation to mark the 20 years of the Accra sports stadium disaster. ‘’This is the only President who understand sports’’ Herbert Mensah told the media ahead of a meeting of the May 9 Foundation with President Nana Akufo Addo.

Gone But Not Forgotten

Ghana lost over 126 young people on May 9 2001. They are gone and never to return. But thanks to the activities of the May 9 foundation championed by Herbert Mensah, these people have never been forgotten in 20 years and will never be forgotten in the coming years. All Ghanaians must indeed embrace the day!!!

Remembering May 9 Disaster

Remembering May 9 Disaster

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World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Ghana To Miss Jordan Ayew And Amartey Against South Africa

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The Black Stars are set to do without some first team players for their upcoming back-to-back games against Ethiopia and South Africa.

Premier League clubs have decided against releasing players for September’s round of World Cup qualifiers which are due to take place in Covid-19 red-listed countries, ruling Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew, Leicester City centre-back Daniel Amartey and Brentford winger Tariqe Fosu out of Ghana’s showdown away against South Africa.

 

According to a statement by the FA, nearly 60 players from 19 clubs have been affected by the decision.

 

South Africa, who are on the UK’s coronavirus red list, are set to host Ghana for a Group G matchday two fixture in Johannesburg on September 6.

“Premier League clubs have today reluctantly but unanimously decided not to release players for international matches played in red-list countries next month,” the FA announced on their official website on Tuesday.

“The clubs’ decision, which is strongly supported by the Premier League, will apply to nearly 60 players from 19 Premier League clubs who are due to travel to 26 red-list countries in the September international window.

“This follows Fifa’s current position not to extend its temporary release exception for players required to quarantine on their return from international duty.

“Extensive discussions have taken place with both The FA and the Government to find a solution, but due to ongoing public health concerns relating to incoming travellers from red-list countries, no exemption has been granted

Ghana are set to open their World Cup qualifiers with a home clash with Ethiopia on September 3 before making the trip to South Africa.
Earlier this month, Black Stars coach CK Akonnor unveiled a provisional list of 30 players for the uncoming double-header, the roster including Ayew, Amartey and Fosu.

 

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UTAG is Setting A Bad Precedent For Disobeying Court Injunction – Kabila

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Former Acting General Secretary of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), James Kwabena Bomfeh, has slammed the UTAG executives for not obeying the injunction order by a High Court regarding their industrial action.

UTAG has refused to call off their strike despite calls on them to return to work.

The National Labour Commission, in an attempt to compel them to resume work, secured an injunction from an Accra High Court but the University lecturers Association has defied the court ruling.

According to UTAG President, Prof. Charles Marfo, the injunction has rather worsened the case for the Labour Commission.

“We were almost reaching a consensus until the government’s court issue arose. Now, a whole new ballgame has started because we’re also asking our lawyers to go to court . . . We were getting there. We were pushing; now this argument I’m making is lost,” he said.

Addressing the issue during Peace FM’s ”Kokrokoo”, James Kwabena Bomfeh, popularly called Kabila, bemoaned the UTAG response to the Labour Commission’s injunction.

According to him, UTAG somehow disrespecting the injunction must be condemned in no uncertain terms stressing ”if care is not taken and we allow for positive defiance against a court ruling, we will be setting a certain bad precedent”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vote: KOTOKO vs HEARTS, Which Team Wins Today?

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Press on the Faint Circle before your preferred Team, then Press Vote to submit. Good luck!

 

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