Erstwhile Hearts of Oak board secretary Ernest Thompson has expressed his dissatisfaction over the clumsy security arrangements for the highly anticipated Ga Mantse Derby between Hearts of Oak and city rivals Great Olympics.
The keenly contested match between the two rivals ended in a pulsating one-all stalemate however a disallowed goal and shoddy security arrangements became the talking points at the end of the cliffhanger.
The Ga Mantse Derby saw government dignitaries, ex-footballers, entertainers and UEFA Champions League winner Callum Hudson-Odoi all trooping to the Accra sports stadium to watch the game, which more than lived up to its billing, as fans trooped to the venue in their numbers – exceeding the government approved 25 percent sitting capacity.
And it came as little to no surprise when footages which saw fans forcing their way through one of the gates to catch a glimpse of the action went viral with covid-19 protocols clearly disregarded – throwing more light on the high attendance.
Reacting to the video, which has seen many connoisseurs of the game slam Great Olympics for poor security arrangements and subsequently calling the GFA to punish the Dade Boys, Ernest Thompson was openly disappointed with the turn of events in the wake of marking the 20th Anniversary of the May 9 Stadium disaster.
Ernest Thompson, former Director-General of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) told Kumasi-based radio station Oyerepa FM.
“Breaking of the gate at Accra Sports Stadium was appalling, you want people to come to stadium with their children and gates are still broken that way, I just can’t believe even after May 9th what was the security arrangements for the game?,” He quipped.
Following a growing outcry by the masses it remain to be seen whether the Ghana Football Association, organizers of the local league, will punish Great Olympics – the home side – following an earlier precedent when Hearts of Oak was punished for failing to enforce the 25 percent stadium attendance.
Below is the footage of the fans ‘madly’ rushing to watch the Ga Mantse Derby: