“May 9 Lessons Not Learnt” – Herbert Mensah

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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.

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