Tragedy has struck a juvenile football team, leading to the loss of a player and the injury of many others as the vehicle in which they were traveling got involved in a gory accident in the Ahafo region, Sunday afternoon.
A KIA Rhino truck with registration number GS-9203-14 carrying about 25 footballers of the Real Tetekwao United from their base at Tetekwao in the Asunafo South District of the Ahafo region to Goaso in the Asunafo North Municipality in the Ahafo region somersaulted on the way, killing one player on the spot.
The match with their counterparts, Goaso Union Rovers was called off after the accident.
Eyewitnesses suspect that the driver lost control of the vehicle after a brake failure while descending a hill at the Akrodie Junction along the Kukuom-Goaso Road.
The injured players are currently receiving treatment at the Goaso Government Hospital while the body of the deceased has been deposited at the morgue of the same hospital.
This is the second time that a juvenile football team has been involved in a fatal accident in less than a year.
In October 2020, six juvenile footballers lost their lives in a gory accident near Offinso in the Ashanti region, when the vehicle they were traveling on submerged in the Offin River.
The footballers were on their way to Offinso, having undergone their District Colts football registration exercise at Afrancho, a neighbouring town some few kilometres away.
“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”, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) said in a press statement at the time.
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