The refrain over the years has been never again. It has been never again because we do not want to experience what we witnessed on 9th May, 2001 at the Accra Sports Stadium, when 127 people were forced to join their ancestors after a football match.

We say never again because human lives are so precious that, we should not trade it with anything. Never again because this day brings sadness not just to the families that lost loved ones but also to Asante Kotoko as we were one of the two teams involved in the league match which was characterised by that highly unfortunate incident.

We continue to sympathise with the bereaved families and all who were hurt, one away or the other by what happened 19 years ago today. We continue to pledge and encourage all in Ghana football to help reduce to the barest minimum if not eliminate violence from our game.

We must not be deterred by anything to deal with violence and that which brings the name of the beautiful game into disrepute. We stand to lose if we do not support effort by the football association and security agencies to contain hooliganism in Ghana football.

Today, we once again commiserate families of the victims. We say, never again should our football be taken through the tragedy of 2001. Never again. We may not be playing football in view of the suspension caused by the Coronavirus pandemic but then we entreat football lovers in the country to always put up good behaviour at match venues.

Signed

Kennedy Boakye Ansah,

Public Relations Officer,

Asante Kotoko.