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Budding female goalkeeper perishes on Volta Lake

BY: Rosalind K. Amoh
Mabel Mawusi Dogah, the Mepe Ladies goalkeeper was travelling with her mother and sibling from Dzemeni to the Kwahu Afram Plains North for the Easter holidays, when the tragic accident happened on the lake
Mabel Mawusi Dogah, the Mepe Ladies goalkeeper was travelling with her mother and sibling from Dzemeni to the Kwahu Afram Plains North for the Easter holidays, when the tragic accident happened on the lake

A budding female goalkeeper, Mabel Mawusi Dogah has been identified as one of the seven people who drowned in the Volta Lake last Thursday, while travelling from the Volta Region to the Eastern Region.

The Mepe Ladies goalkeeper was travelling with her mother and sibling from Dzemeni to the Kwahu Afram Plains North for the Easter holidays, when the tragic accident happened on the lake.

The canoe on which they were travelling, encountered a storm and capsized, leading to the death of the seven, including the young footballer whose body surfaced on Sunday, April 17 and was buried immediately.

Thirteen others who were travelling on the boat were rescued.

The Volta Regional Football Association which confirmed Dogah's passing wrote: "Our Condolences to the entire family of Dogah, Ghana Women League and Mepe Peace Ladies FC for the demise of their daughter and goalkeeper Mabel Mawusi Dogah.

"Mabel drowned on Thursday 14th April 2022 and her mortal remains was found later at the river bank in Dzemeni yesterday, 17th April 2022. According to their customs, She was laid to rest same day she was found.

"May she rest well in the bosom of her maker."

Mepe Peace Ladies FC are one of the teams that have registered to play in this season’s Regional Division One Women’s League.

Dogah was part of the team that played in the FA Cup eliminations in the region to select the representatives for the competition.

Risk on the Volta

Travelling on boats on the Volta Lake is a normal means of travel for people living the enclave of the Lake.

However, very little attention is paid to safety as most of the canoes do not operate with life jackets and thus when bad weather is encountered during the course of travelling, it results in accidents and loss of lives.

Recurrence

In March last year, six persons, made up of four females and two males, drowned when the canoe in which they were travelling on the Volta Lake capsized at Adzamansu, a village in the Biakoye District in the Oti Region.

Four others managed to swim to safety.

One of the victims was identified as Evelyn Gadagoe, a form three student of the Kadjebi-Asato Senior High School.