Herbert Mensah, over the weekend, led a walk and other activities to mark the 18th anniversary of the May 9 Stadium Disaster.
The former Asante Kotoko Board Chairman has constantly led the commemoration of the country’s biggest disaster on May 9th 2001 in which 127 Ghanaians lost their lives after a football match between arch-rivals Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko at the Accra Sports Stadium.
Herbert Mensah was joined by hundreds of residence of Kumasi along with some former players of Hearts and Kotoko who played in the game on that fateful day – Godwin Ablordey, Amankwah Mireku, Godfred Yeboah, Joe Louis, Adjah Tetteh amongst others with victims of the Accra circle Floods/Fire and the Atomic Gas Explosion.
There were donations of wheelchairs to a number of physically-challenged persons by a British National, Mavis High, who has been resident in Ghana for over sixty (60) years.
Herbert Mensah earlier also made a donation to the Muslim community at the Kumasi Central Mosque ahead of the Ramadan fasting period.
They team also paid a courtesy call on the Asantehene and life patron of Asante Kotoko Otumfuo Osei Tutu at the Manhyia Palace.
The May 9th stadium disaster is the biggest Sports disaster to happen on the African continent after 127 football fans died as a result of a stampede after tear gas were fired into the stands by the Police in their bid to stop the fans from breaking and hurling stadium seats onto the pitch in protest of bad officiating in the game involving Hearts and Kotoko.
By: Benjamin “Bengarzi” Yamoah