Former CEO of Asante Kotoko, Herbert Mensah believe that lessons from the May 9 disaster have not been learnt by football-loving fans, 19 years down the line.
Despite the reality of the May 9th disaster, crowd violence in our stadia continues to be a concern. Mr Herbert Mensah says not much lessons have been learnt.
“Football is an emotional game but we have to be responsible and that why during my days at Kotoko I will hold hands with Harry Zarkhour of Hearts of Oak to draw attention to the fact that we are one despite our sporting affiliations but clearly lessons have not been learnt,” he said.
“I recall that fateful day, the smell of the tear gas, soccer fans crying and screaming for help, I remember carrying about 20 or 30 bodies, I saw the locked gate, the stampede and later at the 37 military hospital with the late Komla Dumor we counted about 97 dead bodies and if you wouldn’t want to be violent if you have been in such a situation,” he added.
Samuel A. Boakye-Buckman (popularly known as Dada Oliseh) is a self-motivated young journalist with a passion for telling stories better with pictures. He is the founder, owner, editor and bankroller of www.ghanasoccernews.org as well as this website, www.totalsportsgh.com. Dada Oliseh is again the brain behind the Dada Oliseh Photos brand that produces awesome pictures of all sporting activities, nature, and other occasions.
He has a vast experience in the reporting of sports in Ghana especially football-related activities in Ghana and beyond. A former employee of Hearts News (official mouthpiece of Accra Hearts of Oak), 90 minutes sports paper, National Sports Authority, Footballcrusader.com, sportscrusader.com, and ghanafootballnews.com, Samuel is one of the few energetic and self-motivated young journalist in Ghana with a large following on social media, especially Facebook (https://web.facebook.com/boakye.buckman.9). He is well known for his frequent updates from all over the country with pictures to match. He is also a correspondent for a few international websites, including CAF. In recent times, he has introduced, as part of his many talents, the live streaming of matches and football-related activities. He lives in Accra Ghana.