A massive procession has been held on the streets of Kumasi by Mr. Herbert Mensah, former Chairman of Asante Kotoko and current President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) and associates to mark the 15th Anniversary of the May 9th disaster which killed over 120 soccer fans in Accra.
The procession was part of the 2016 May 9th Remembered programme organised annually since 2001 in memory of the soccer fans.
Taking part in the procession were a group of Ghana Rugby Players as well as the two family members of victims of the April 2001 Ellis Park stadium disaster, Ntlakanipho Zulu and Mmakgomo Tshetlo, who were both brought to Ghana by Mr. Mensah.
The two, who were victims of a similar disaster in South Africa are in Ghana to show their solidarity to friends and families of the victims of the Accra Stadium disaster.
The 2016 May 9th Remembered programme included a ceremony in Accra at the May 9th statue outside the Accra Sports Stadium on Thursday and prayers at the mosque in Kumasi on Friday.
On Saturday May 7, there was the unique and first ever May 9th Zongo Cup football match between winners from the Southern Sector and Northern Sector, as part of the May 9th Remembered events.
Mr. Mensah praised the sponsors who made the 2016 May 9th Remembered programme a success with specific reference to companies such as Interplast, Primex, Sunda International, Voltic, Melcom and Printex.
“I will not be doing my duty if I don’t mention the name of Mr. Hayssam Fakhry, Managing Director of Interplast and Inesfly Africa, for his enormous support since 2001. Without his dedication year after year these very important May 9th Remembered programmes would not have been possible,” he said.
Mr. Herbert Mensah joined by a guest from south Africa, Mr. Jordan Naidoo, leads the 2016 May 9th Remembered street walk in Kumasi, Ghana. A group of Rugby players from Accra joined Mr. Herbert Mensah in the 2016 May 9th Remembered street walk in Kumasi, Ghana.
Ntlakanipho Zulu from South Africa who lost both his parents in the April 2001 Ellis Park stadium disaster enjoys the 2016 May 9th Remembered street walk in Kumasi, Ghana.