ACCRA - Ghana's 2-1 win over Nigeria during the Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal on Sunday night has claimed the lives of three locals who were out in the streets of Accra and Tamale celebrating the victory.
Two supporters were killed in Tamale in the north region where Bafana Bafana were based for the group stages. A truck ran into a jubilant crowd where one man died.
According to the Ghanaian police, the driver did not stop.
In another incident in the same region, a fireman was on his way home on a motorbike when he was hit by a car that police said was overloaded with people celebrating the win. In the capital Accra, an 11-year-old boy was knocked down by a bus.
He died instantly.
An unidentified number of people are reported to have been injured in various parts of Ghana and were being treated at several hospitals. The locals have been celebrating the Black Stars' victories in this tournament by taking to the streets.
The passionate Ghanaians celebrate the wins until the early hours of the following days, some of them throwing parties in front of their houses.
Police spokesman Deputy Superintendent Kwasi Ofori has urged motorists to be on the look-out for pedestrians coming from the stadium on the day of the games, especially when Ghana are playing.
He warned the Ghanaians to stop burning tyres and blocking the roads, saying stern action would be taken against the culprits.
He went on to say they will deploy more officers on the roads for tomorrow's big semifinal clash between Ghana and Cameroon.