Africa's worst stadium disaster is said to have occurred in this beloved country of ours. On May 9, 2001, at least 126 people died during a stampede when the Police in an attempt to control the crowd made the situation worst. What had actually sparked this tragedy in the first place? The atmosphere was very tense as Asante Kotoko took the lead in the football match, Hearts Of Oak as determined as they were, kept fighting and were able to score two late goals. As the match approached it's terminal, disappointed Asante Kotoko fans began hurling chairs onto the pitch, the Police in effect tried to control the crowd by using tear gas, only to cause pandemonium. The stadium gates were reportedly shut and in effect caused something of a bottleneck situation. After about an hour of the chaotic situation, 116 people were found to have died of compressive asphyxia and 10, trauma.
The stairs leading to the stands were stained with blood, and lifeless bodies were being carried to the morgue. There were many who blamed the police for having caused the situation and proceeded to sue them in court as a result of their use of tear gas and rubber bullets, but following a court ruling which stated that the prosecutor's failed to make a case and as such assumed the deaths to have been caused by the stampede. One very interesting thing which happened was that of a fan named Abdul Mohammed, who had been assumed dead and was taken to the morgue. He happened to have regained consciousness after he claimed someone stepped on his foot, narrowly escaping being buried alive.
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