Former Asante Kotoko Board Chairman, Herbert Mensah continues to light the candle to remember victims and families of the May 9th soccer disaster 19 years now.
For victims alive and families left behind the day is one they look forward to for remembrance and assistance to go through life.
A midweek Ghana Premier League match between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko at the Accra Sports Stadium in 2001 ended 2-1 in favour of the Phobians and some fans dissatisfied with the level of officiating started ripping off chairs at the Ade Coker stand.
Security personnel on duty responded with the firing of tear gas into the crowd resulting in a stampede crushing to death 126 soccer fans.
A presidential commission of enquiry set by then President John Agyegum Kufuor administration recommended for the prosecution of six police officer for manslaughter.
They were however freed by the court for lack of credible evidence. But the memory of those who lost their lives that fateful day has been kept alive by former chairman of Kumasi Asante, Herbert Mensah who has made it a yearly ritual to honour them.
Through his benevolence, and support from GB foods, Sunda Ghana, Interplant and Ghana Rugby, food and financial support continue to be extended to some of the victims’ whiles some with serious injuries continues to receive medical care both in Ghana and abroad.
At his Osu residence, some of the victims and dependents were presented with various items to cushion them in life.
“Usually we will hold our traditional route march and draw attention to the day but because of the Coronavirus pandemic and government ban on social gathering, we held a small ceremony here to presents some of the victims’ food items, cash and in some cases wheelchairs to aid their movement and this we have done since 2002 and we will continue to honour them,” Mr Mensah told the media.
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.
Some of the recipients of the donation thanked Herbert Mensah for his continuous support.
“Mr Mensah has always been there for us, money, food, medical support and even support for our children always came from him and we are forever grateful,” one of them stressed.
Accra, Ghana. 03 May 2020./ – Mr Herbert Mensah, President and Board Chairperson of Ghana Rugby, issued letters of congratulations to the re-elected Chairperson of World Rugby, Sir Bill Beaumont, as well as to the African EXCO Members Mr Khaled Babbou (President: Rugby Africa) and Mr Mark Alexander (President: South African Rugby Union).Read more
Accra, Ghana. 29 April 2020/ – Herbert Mensah, President and Board Chairman of Ghana Rugby, urged the Ghana Rugby Family to wear masks as a protective measure against the new Coronavirus, COVID-19.
The message from Mensah was made by means of a video (https://youtu.be/b2qFFjBg8iI) and supported with a series of caricature images of himself wearing a face mask with different “Stay Safe” messages on it.Read more
The President and Board Chairman of Ghana Rugby, Mr Herbert Mensah, has issued a challenge to the “Ghana Rugby Family & Friends” to show the world how they stay safe, healthy and productive during the COVID-19 lockdown period. He initiated the Challenge after receiving a video from the President of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Mr Ben Nunoo Mensah, in which he showed how he uses his own home as the gym.
The response to the challenge has been overwhelming and videos are pouring in from all over the world.
Herbert Mensah shows and challenges the Ghana Rugby Family & Friends to submit their videos on how they “Stay safe, healthy & productive”
More videos can be viewed on Ghana Rugby.
Herbert Mensah 2020 Easter Call For Patience
ACCRA, Ghana. 10 April, 2020/ – Herbert Mensah, President and Board Chairman of Ghana Rugby, appeals to all to exercise patience during this very difficult time when many are sacrificing and suffering because of the devastating COVID-19 virus.
ACCRA, GHANA. 09 April 2020/- Herbert Mensah, President and Board Chairman of Ghana Rugby, follows up on his previous appeal to business and wealthy individuals to come forward with cash or kind contributions towards the war on COVID-19 in Ghana after he accompanied Sunda International to Jubilee House where they contributed substantial cash and products towards the cause.
He also appealed to everybody to follow the guidelines and “rules” to stay safe and keep others safe:
01 – Do not panic
02 – Stay home
03 – Wash your hands
04 – Don’t touch your face
05 – Keep social distancing
ACCRA, GHANA. 26 March 2020/ – Mr Herbert Mensah, businessman and President of Ghana Rugby, has launched a passionate appeal (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dn9zDs440wE) to businesses in Ghana to stand up and be counted in the fight against the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19.Read more
ACCRA, GHANA. 16 March 2020/ – The President and Board Chairman of Ghana Rugby, Mr Herbert Mensah, has issued a suspension of certain rugby activities in response to “President Akufo-Addo Address To The Nation On Measures Taken By Gov’t To Combat The Coronavirus Pandemic”.Read more
ACCRA, GHANA. 12 March 2020/ – Ghana Rugby has issued a “Club Fundraising Template” to its Regional Associations and their Members, the Clubs, as one of the outcomes of the “Ghana Rugby Stakeholder Congress” that was held in Accra on 22 March 2020 .Read more