Eight young Ghanaian footballers died while four others are fighting for their lives at the hospital after the driver of the bus carrying the juvenile team lost control and the vehicle on Saturday, September 19.
Six players died instantly following the accident in the Ashanti Region and two more succumbed by Saturday night in the hospital as the critically injured players were undergoing treatment.
The accident happened after the driver lost control of his vehicle which then plunged into the Offinso River causing the death of the aspiring footballers.
The lifeless bodies were recovered from the river as people in the nearby towns rushed to the scene to offer their help.
The team that plays in the Colts League – the youth league in Ghana – was travelling from Afrancho, a suburb in Kumasi, but it is not clear what their mission was.
Others say the team was returning from a football competition while reports say they had travelled to register their players for the upcoming season.
The four critically injured players are currently undergoing treatment at the Komfo Anokye Hospital following the accident.
Twenty-four (24) other kids are also receiving treatment at the St. Patrick Hospital in Offinso following the accident.
The news has thrown the entire football fraternity in Ghana into a deep state of mourning as the deaths of the young souls has shaken followers of the game.
But the players of the Offinso-based met their untimely deaths – with very scanty details on how the bus involved in the crash.