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11.02.2009 Football News

Football: President consoles bereaved families

Football: President consoles bereaved families

President John Evans Attah Mills has directed an enquiry into the death of six people as a result of the incident at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi, following the match between Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko.

The President extended his condolence to the bereaved families and expressed his sympathy to all those who were injured or had suffered various medical conditions, resulting from the incident.

A statement from the Office of the President signed by Mr Mahama Ayariga, Presidential Spokesperson, said the President acknowledged the effort of members of the security agencies and other well-meaning members of the public to ameliorate the situation.

The President however, said the enquiry should be carried out to ascertain the cause of the incident so that, among other things, measures would be put in place to prevent future occurrences.

The six football fans, including a student suffocated at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday during the Ninth Week titanic encounter between Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak in the Glo Premier League.

Master Bruce Oteng, a student of the Winneba Campus of the University of Education together with three others yet to be identified died on the way to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital following suffocation which made them collapse in the over-crowded stands.

Scores of fans also collapsed in the heated stands and were brought unto the tartan tracks to be resuscitated by para-medics before they were rushed to the hospital for medical attention.

The two, who were among those on admission died later.