The country’s football governing body, Ghana Football Association (GFA), will today join families of the victims of the May 9 disaster, the Youth and Sports Ministry and representatives of the two affected clubs Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko to mark the 13th milestone of the unfortunate incident.
A statement signed by GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi said, ‘Today is a day of sadness and grief as the nation marks the 13th anniversary of the May 9, 2001 tragedy.
‘Thirteen years later, the Ghana Football Association still mourns with the families of the 126 football fans who lost their lives at the Accra Stadium and the deaths of that day are seared on our consciousness.’
It added, ‘May 9 was a call to action and since then we have had a singular focus: preventing such an accident from happening again.
With expanded background checks, effective policing and tougher penalties for violent acts, the GFA has taken strong steps to improve security at our matches.
‘But our work is far from over. We will continue to engage the police in identifying hot spots during matches and we will forge ahead with our plans of educating fans on the laws of the game and to be law abiding.
‘On this sombre anniversary, the GFA remembers these fallen friends of ours and commit to honour their memory by continuing our efforts to improve safety standards in Ghana football.
‘Working together, we can make sure this tragedy is never repeated.’
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