Six dead as Ghana youth team bus crashes

Six youth footballers in Ghana have died after a team bus ‘crashed into a river’, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has confirmed.

The Africa Vision Soccer Academy bus carrying the squad and technical team is said to have crashed in the Kumasi-Offinso road in Ghana’s Ashanti region on Saturday.

“The leadership of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), and the National Juvenile Committee (NJC) have learnt of the passing of six juvenile football players on Saturday, September 18, 2020 at Offinso, near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region,” GFA said in a statement.

“The GFA wishes to express our deepest condolences to the family of the six young footballers who passed away after the car they were travelling on submerged.

“We are informed that the players and their handlers were headed to Afrancho having undergone their District Colts football registration exercise at Offinso.

“The GFA and the NJC have dispatched a team to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi to visit the accident victims.”

The tragic events are reported to have taken the lives of players between the ages of 12 and 16 as they were returning from registering for their upcoming district season.