It was that Wednesday evening Ghanaians would hope to forget soon after Asante Kotoko's team bus rammed into a stationary truck, killing one technical team member after their 1-0 defeat to Inter Allies in the Ghana Premier League in Accra.
Kotoko’s first defeat in eight league games was compounded by the death of equipment officer Thomas Obeng Asare who did not survive the Nkawkaw crash.
However, head coach Steve Polack and his assistant Godwin Ablordey, who suffered injuries are yet to be discharged from Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi.
Captain Amos Frimpong, Baba Mahama, Sadick Adams, Augustine Sefa and Evans Quao have gone home.
Ghana president Akuffo-Addo led the condolences, with Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan and Andre Ayew as well as many others adding their voices.
Saddened by the news of the accident involving players & officials of Kotoko. My heart goes out to the team; speedy recovery to the injured. — Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) July 13, 2017
I'm saddened here in Sudan,upon hearing the fatal accident involving my my first professional club @AsanteKotoko_SC
My prayers are with you pic.twitter.com/lmC42KVO03 — AugustOkrah Official (@AugustineOkrah1) July 13, 2017
My thoughts nd prayers are with Kumasi Asante Kotoko.. following the fatal accident at Nkawkaw' on their way back to Kumasi pic.twitter.com/qqQAwKwt0W— Rashid Sumaila (@rashidsumaila37) July 13, 2017
Please, please, please, GOD! Do not let this news we are hearing about our brothers Asante Kotoko be true. #PrayForKotoko . #TogetherWeStand pic.twitter.com/MUtjTUnnFX — #PrayForKOTOKO (@HeartsOfOakGH) July 12, 2017
Everyone at Inter Allies is saddened to learn of Asante Kotoko's accident. Our thoughts are with them & we share their pain. #PrayForKotoko pic.twitter.com/6AsX2fptRh — Inter Allies FC (@InterAlliesFC) July 13, 2017