Four fans die at Ghana league game


ACCRA, February 10 – Four fans suffocated to death at a first division game in Kumasi at the weekend, the Ghana football federation (GFA) said Tuesday.

GHANA_FANSThe supporters perished at Sunday’s match between Heart of Oak and local club Asante Kotoko.

An estimated crowd of 66,000 had crammed into the 44,000-capacity Baba Yare stadium to watch the high profile fixture.

"The gates opened at 0800GMT and were overcome," a GFA spokesman said.

With the huge numbers inside the ground the stadium directors closed the turnstiles at 1400, one hour before kick-off.

Medical officers were called in to treat numerous cases of heat exhaustion – such was the stifling temperature firemen sprayed sections of the crowd with water.

In 2001 a fixture between the same two teams left 127 dead after a crowd stampede at Heart Of Oak’s stadium in Accra.