Sports News of Thursday, 13 July 2017
Ghanaian football stars have paid tribute to the victims of a deadly bus crash in his home country of Ghana.
A vehicle carrying players from top team Asante Kotoko was involved in a smash that killed one and injured “almost all” 37 passengers.
Asante Kotoko players pose ahead of their game with Inter Allies ahead of the crash
The Kumasi-based club were on their way home from a Ghana Premier League game against Inter Allies in Accra when their bus struck a stationary truck full of fertiliser.
The crash happened at Nkawkaw, 95 miles from capital Accra on Wednesday night.
The likes of Chelsea‘s Baba Rahman, legendary Leeds striker Tony Yeboah, former Bayern Munich defender Sammy Kuffour and ex-Sunderland defender John Mensah have played for the club.
Ibrahim Ayew – brother the Prem stars Andre and Jordan – and former Aston Villa and Coventry flop Nii Lamptey also had spells.
Andre Ayew tweeted: “Sad. 1 nation 1 country 1 family ????????????????we are together in good and bad.condolences to the equipment managers family and the entire team.”
Baba Rahman also posted: “My thoughts and prayers are with the kotoko family.prayforkotoko.” (sic)
Kumasi Asante Kotoko’s players vie for the ball with players of Inter Allies Eastern region police spokesman Thomas Obeng Asare said: “The driver of the bus ran into the truck that was loaded with fertiliser and almost 37 passengers sustained various degrees of injuries.
“They were rushed to the Holy Family hospital at Nkawkaw where some were treated and they have since been referred to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (in Kumasi).
“Unfortunately, the team’s equipment officer died on the spot and the body has been deposited at the hospital.”
???? Sad.1 nation 1 country 1 family ????????????????we are together in good and bad.condolences to the equipment managers family and the entire team. pic.twitter.com/UaTnL3csIN
— André Ayew (@AyewAndre) July 13, 2017
All my prayers are with the Asante Kotoko family…no words ..very sad moment in Ghana football…????????????
— Anthony Baffoe (@AnthonyBaffoe) July 12, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with the kotoko family.prayforkotoko. pic.twitter.com/BtLzWVvM62
— baba abdul-rahman (@babarahmangh) July 13, 2017
My thoughts nd prayers are with Kumasi Asante Kotoko.. following the fatal accident at Nkawkaw’ on their way back to Kumasi???????????????? pic.twitter.com/qqQAwKwt0W
— Rashid Sumaila (@rashidsumaila37) July 13, 2017
my thoughts and prayers are with the management, playing body and the supporters of Kumasi Asante Kotoko on this fatal accident @AnimSammy
— ASAMOAH GYAN (@ASAMOAH_GYAN3) July 13, 2017