Today marks the 18th anniversary of the tragic May 9th stadium disaster that rocked Ghana in 2001.
A tense Ghana premier league game between arch-rivals, Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko ended on a catastrophic note with 127 souls departing the face of the earth after going to watch the game they love.
The stampede at the Accra Sports stadium was stirred by the indiscretion of security personnel at the stadium who went on a teargassing spree, choking the venue with breath-sucking gas in an effort to control fans who were agitated by a refereeing decision and protesting by throwing materials unto the pitch.
Fans fleeing from the chaos were held-up at the locked stadium gates, struggling for breath as other fleeing ones trampled on weak fellows who had fallen to the ground in the chaos.
People who had succeeded in reaching the gates could not exit the venue because the gates were firmly locked, resulting in a human heap at the gates in the midst of choking odour and uncompromising heat.
Oxygen-deprived lungs started to fail as some hearts started fading. Pool of blood flooded the Accra sports stadium with a nation struck in bewilderment mourning for the souls of the sudden departed.
It is a highlighted opinion of many sports followers that not much has been done to forestall such future incidents.
With recent occurrences of hooliganism in the Normalization Special Cup in both the men and women matches, the summary opinion across the breath of the nation appears to point to little to no lesson learnt from the tragic events that rocked Ghana.
Current administrators of Ghana’s most loved sport appear to have laxed down on the earlier commitment to nipping matters of hooliganism and violence at sports stadiums in the bud.