May 9 Stadium Disaster: Check Out The Starting 11 Of Hearts And Kokoto

An image showing what transpired at the Accra Sports Stadium on May 9, 2001

Nineteen years ago, Ghana experienced a disaster that resulted in the death of a lot of Ghanaians.

The May 9 Stadium disaster which has been described by many as the saddest day in Ghana’s Sports history, claimed the lives of about 127 football fans at the Accra Sports Stadium after a stampede occurred during a Premier League match between two of Ghana’s biggest clubs; Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko in 2001.

The chaos at the Accra Sports Stadium was started by some Asante Kotoko fans who were unhappy with the final results.

Kotoko lost 2-1 to Hearts of Oak.

In expressing their distaste, the fans of Asante Kotoko ripped off the seats in the stands leading to a clash with the Hearts of Oak supporters. The police had to fire teargas to stop them, but the incident escalated and led to the death of many people.

These were the players that represented the two teams on the day:

Hearts line-up:

  1. Sammy Adjei
  2. Amankwaah Mireku
  3. Jacob Nettey
  4. Dan Quaye
  5. Stephen Tetteh
  6. Adjah Tetteh
  7. Charles Allotey
  8. Edmund Copson
  9. Ishmael Addo
  10. Emmanuel Osei Kuffour
  11. Charles Taylor

Substitutes: Eben Dida, Kwame Ali, Joe Ansah, Bernard Don Bortey, Kenneth Sarpong, Dan Oppong

Coach: Cecil Jones Attuquayefio

Kotoko line-up:

  1. Osei Boateng
  2. Kwaku Duah
  3. Godfred Yeboah
  4. Dan Acquah
  5. Joseph Hendricks
  6. Stephen Oduro
  7. Lawrence Adjei
  8. Godwin Ablordey
  9. Shilla Alhassan
  10. Nana Frimpong
  11. Frank Asoah

Substitutes: Eric Nii Baah, Kwaku Kyere, Anas Mohammed, Francis Akwaffo, Angelo Dedon, Abedi Sarfo, Joe Okyere

Coach: Ernst Middendorf


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