The Ghanaian sports world is in mourning following the deaths of eight young football players in a tragic accident on Saturday after a bus plunged into the the Offinso river.
Six players were killed instantly following the accident, with a further two reportedly losing their lives shortly afterwards in hospital after the driver of a bus containing the young team of aspiring footballers lost control of the vehicle.
The ages of the players are understood to be between 12 and 16.
The bodies of several of the players, said to be from the Africa Vision Soccer Academy, were retrieved by the emergency services with the help of people from local towns who rushed to the area to assist in the situation.
The team play in the Colts League – the youth league in Ghanaian football – and the purpose of their journey remains unclear, with conflicting reports suggesting that they were returning from a football competition and others saying that they were travelling to the regional FA in Kumasi where they intended to register the team for the upcoming season.
Reports from local media state that there are a further four players in critically ill condition, while another 24 youngsters are receiving treatment for their injuries at the Komfo Anokye Hospital.
It was reported that there were 36 passengers on board.
Edmund Nyamekye, Divisional Commander for the Offinso Motor Traffic and Transport Department of the Ghana Police Service, told local media that the incident was likely the result of the bus breaking the speed limit – with other media sources suggesting that the bus may have experienced a blown tyre.