23 Years After The Accra Stadium Disaster, Herbert Mensah Leads A Walk In Memory Of It.

On Saturday, May 11, 2024, a large number of Ghanaians marched through Kumasi’s main streets headed by former Asante Kotoko Chairman Herbert Mensah to commemorate 23 years since the Accra Sports Stadium Disaster.

Over 126 Ghanaian soccer supporters lost their life in the incident on May 9, 2001, during a league match between Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko, the country’s two top soccer teams.

A variety of keep-fit clubs, survivors of heart disease, random Ghanaians, and those with physical disabilities all took part in the walk.

African football history is still marred by horrific events such as the May 9 Accra Stadium Disaster.

Asante Kotoko’s chairman at the time, Herbert Mensah, was well regarded by both the team’s supporters and owners for his vibrant and engaging management of the organization.

On the night of the Accra Stadium Disaster, he took part in the actual transportation of deceased soccer fans and the rescue of those who were still alive.

Since then, Mensah has established the May 9 Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates for aid and support for the relatives and victims of the Accra Stadium Disaster.

More recently, the Shen Yang and Shen Yuet Children’s Heart Foundation and the May 9 Foundation partnered to help families whose children with congenital heart disease afford costly medical procedures that the children’s families would not have otherwise been able to pay.

Y.C. Shen, a Chinese business mogul who leads the SUNDA group in Ghana, launched the Heart Foundation.

The transitional advancements that the May 9 Foundation over the years, Herbert Mensah told Ghanaians, “In the last year, we have teamed up with the Shen Yang Children’s Heart Foundation of which I am the secretary, and whose founder, YC Shen, an extraordinary man from China, has invested so much in the heart surgeries of more than 25 children at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital under the guidance of Dr. Kow Entsua Mensah of the National Cardiothoracic Centre in Accra, and in the process, we have saved the lives of many children, although some could not make it.”

Following the street walk, Herbert Mensah took a few families and their kids who had recovered well from heart surgery to see the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, who is currently celebrating his 25th year as King of the Asante Kingdom and is the life patron of Kumasi’s Asante Kotoko.

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