The May perhaps 9 Foundation has marked 18 years of the stadium disaster with Ramadan prayers and donations at the Kumasi Central Mosque.
Herbert Mensah, former chairman of Asante Kotoko and founder of the May perhaps 9 Remembered Annual Charity Events joined Moslems and chiefs to pray for the souls of the more than 126 football fans who died throughout the stadium stampede on May perhaps 9 2001.
He was chairman of Kotoko in 2001 when the disaster occurred and he personally participated in conveying and transporting some of the dead bodies and injured soccer fans to the hospital on the sad day.
This year’s memorial and donation occasion coincided with the start out of the Ramadan fasting season for Muslims all more than the globe.
Mensah was joined at the Kumasi Central Mosque by the Ghana Association for the Physically Disabled and their patron Aunty Mavis, a British-Ghanaian lady whose charity operate in Ghana spans more than 64 years.
”We are not only right here to help households of the victims of the stadium disaster. Final year we helped kids who are dying via other indicates. This year, we are right here with Auntie Mavis, an English- Ghanaian lady who has been operating for 64 years to assistance a group of disabled people today in Ghana. She spends most of her time assisting the blind, the physically disabled and other poor people today. We have come right here with her as recognition of her contribution to the lives of poor people today in Ghana,” he mentioned.
The donations to the Mosque integrated meals products from sponsors like Gino, household consumable solutions from Sunda International and an undisclosed quantity of money and T-shirts from Interplast.
Mensah praised the Islamic and regular leaders of Kumasi for displaying respect to these who perished at the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium in 2001.
“Again following 18 years, we come to the residence of Allah. We come right here with humility. 18 years we have been coming to the Mosque in Kumasi. We get guidance and a sense of path when we come right here.
“We come right here due to the fact the Muslim leaders right here, the Imams, and the Otumfuo are the only people today who give respect to these who lost their lives in the May perhaps 9 stadium disaster,” Mensah mentioned.
The Ohene Djan Sports Stadium (then the Accra Sports Stadium) disaster occurred amidst poor officiating and the application of incorrect crowd handle procedures by the police throughout a game involving rival soccer clubs Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko.
The Ashanti regional chief Imam, Abdul Mumin, led prayers for the souls of the departed football fans.
For the 18 years given that the disaster, no police or football officials have paid the cost for their part in the historic national tragedy.
The Foundation also embarked on a walk in Kumasi to drum residence the need to have for security in the stadia.
Thousands which includes students from the Katanga Hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technologies (KNUST) took aspect. Herbert Mensah told the media that he owes a sacred duty to recall these who died on the day.
The Foundation led by Mr Mensah was later in the day hosted by the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II who encourage them to do additional to assistance households impacted by the disaster.