Minister of Youth and Sports Minister – Mustapha Ussif has reminded football fans to remember that the sport hinges more on cohesion than division.

The Member of Parliament for Yabaga Kubori made this known today at the 20th anniversary commemoration of the May 9th stadium disaster at the Accra Sports stadium.

“We cannot give this day a worthy commemoration without picking lessons from what happened and the circumstances leading to the tragic loss.

“Sports and for that matter football, is one of the pillar upon which harmony and cohesion is built, no matter the rivalry, could be achieved.

“But on that fateful day, we missed the essence of the sport, and the effect was the unimaginable national tragedy we had.”

According to Honorable Ussif, the greatest tribute that football fans can always pat to the departed souls is for all stakeholders to continue to join hands and ensure that never again!

One hundred and twenty-seven [127] football fans on Wednesday, May 11, 2001 lost their lives after a stampede broke out in one of the stands at the Accra Sports Stadium during a Ghana Premier League midweek match between rivals – Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko.

The Phobians came from a goal down to beat the Porcupine Warriors 2-1.