Ghana Football Association (GFA) has reacted to the death of eight juvenile footballers between the ages of 12 and 15 in a gory accident on the Kumasi-Offinso road.
The accident occurred on Saturday evening on the Offinso river when the bus carrying the Juvenile footballers was heading to Offinso from Afrancho after the juvenile footballers had undergone a registration for the District Juvenile League.
Eight of the juvenile footballers have been confirmed dead so far. Two others are currently in critical condition at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital with the remaining twenty-four receiving treatment at the St. Patrick Hospital in Offinso.
Following the news, GFA has taken to it website to express sympathy and mourn with the family of the bereaved. In the statement, the FA confirmed it has sent a delegation to visit the injured, console the bereaved families and send a report to it headquarters in Accra for further action.
“The leadership of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), and the National Juvenile Committee (NJC) have learnt of the passing of eight juvenile football players on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Offinso, near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region,” GFA wrote on it official website.
“The GFA wishes to express our deepest condolences to the family of the eight young footballers who passed away after the car they were traveling on, submerged.”
“We are informed that the players and their handlers were headed to Offinso having undergone their District Colts football registration exercise at Afrancho.”
“The GFA and the NJC have dispatched a team to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi to visit the accident victims.
“The contingent, made up of Ashanti Regional Football Association Chairman, Osei Tutu Agyemang, Executive Council Members, Frederick Acheampong, Madam Habiba Attah Forson and NJC member Aminu Abdulahi, will visit the injured and console the bereaved families and send a report to the headquarters in Accra for further action.”
“We are deeply saddened by the development and wish to express our condolences to the family of the deceased and a speedy recovery to the rest of the team who sustained various degrees of injuries during the accident.”
“In these trying times, we stand shoulder to shoulder with all the bereaved families, those injured and those going through psychological stress.
“Our thoughts are with the family of the departed and the victims. May their souls Rest In Peace.”