Ghanaian attacker Kevin-Prince Boateng has expressed his sadness after learning of the Offinso accident which claimed the lives of eight juvenile footballers.
The accident involved players and officials of Colt’s Football Club, Vision Academy who were travelling back to Offinso after a registration exercise at Afrancho in Kumasi.
The news shocked the football community in Ghana and abroad. FIFA President Gianni Infantino and CAF President Ahmad Ahmad have sent their condolence.
And Boateng, who on Monday completed a move to Serie B club AC Monza, has in an exclusive interview with Joy Sports said that he is ready to assist the families of footballers who died.
According to the former Barcelona player, he learnt about the unfortunate news on social media and he called to verify. He described it as a big tragedy and as a father, the news left him heartbroken.
“I heard about it and it really made me sad. I first saw it on Social Media and I called a friend to find out if it was true.”
He told me about it and I felt really sad because I have kids of my own, one is 12 and one is 6 so it’s a big tragedy and it hits me hard,” Boateng said on sports segment on Joy News Prime, few hours after signing his Monza contract.
Boateng said he is ready to do anything necessary for the families to get over the loss of their children.
“Like I said I head it on the news and that is why I am here, I want to help.
Anything that is necessary, I want to help. I want to get in touch with the families. I want to give them the necessary support to feel free. I know it’s hard, and I know how hard it is for parents to bury their children,” Kevin added.
Of the eight who died, four have been buried, with the remaining four to be buried on Thursday. All the hospitalised footballers have been discharged.
The government has promised entire medical and funeral expenses.