Kumasi Asante Kotoko bus was heavily involved in a gory accident yesterday at Nkawkaw after returning from their Ghana Premier League matchweek 22 match against Inter Allies.
The bus on which the team was on was involved in an accident around 22:00GMT along the road when the bus ran into a stationary vehicle which was parked alongside the road. The accident caused various degrees of injuries to those on board leading to the death of one Mr. Thomas Obeng Asare who is the assistant equipment officer at the club.
Kumasi Asante Kotoko was scheduled to play Inter Allies on Wednesday at El Wak stadium. The Porcupine Warriors was in great shape going into the game after making it three consecutive wins in the league but lost 1-0 to Allies.
The team was to play their arch rivals, Accra Hearts of Oak over the weekend but due to the accident suffered, the game may be cancelled due to players, technical team and officials of the club sustaining various levels of injuries.
The bus driver, Nana Berkye needed critical care and surgery according to the Head of the Medical team of the club and Senior Specialist at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Dr. Leat with the saddest of it has been the passing away of the deputy assistant equipment officer, Mr. Thomas Obeng Asare.
The GFA delegation led by Sannie Daara visited the injured players and staff at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital and also sent their solidarity message to the club in this time of sorrow.
The club also released a statement on the incident saying;
Management has been in shock and grief following Wednesday’s unfortunate accident involving our team bus. The bus, which had our players and technical team members ran into a stationary KIA truck at Nkawkaw around 9:45 pm.
Injured players and officials were rushed to the Holy Family Hospital, Nkawkaw. Others were however transported to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in the early hours of Thursday. Players and officials who sustained minor injuries have all been treated and discharged.
We regret to announce that, our Deputy Equipment Officer, Kofi Asare could not make it. Management has met his family to brief them of the sad event. Meanwhile, Head Coach, Steven Polack; Team Manager, Godwin Ablordey; midfielder, Ollennu Ashitey and the bus driver, Nana Berkye are on admission receiving treatment.
The Medical Team and Management are going to follow-up on all the treated and discharged victims. On Saturday, the Medical Team will invite every member of the team who was on the bus for thorough examination again.
Dr. Michael Leat
Head of Medical Team
Asante Kotoko SC
We at GhanaMansports.com wish the club well in this difficult time and stand by the hashtag; #PrayforKotoko and hope that the players and staff of the club get stronger to return back to the field. We also say, May the soul of the departed one Rest In Peace.