Football Fans Confirmed Dead In A Stampede At Olembe Stadium

Football Fans Confirmed Dead In A Stampede At Olembe Stadium

An official claimed Monday that at least six people were killed in a stampede
Football Fans Confirmed Dead In A Stampede At Olembe Stadium

By: ESPN

An official claimed Monday that at least six people were killed in a stampede outside a stadium in Cameroon that was holding an Africa Cup of Nations soccer match.

Naseri There could be more casualties, according to Paul Biya, governor of Cameroon’s central region.

“We are not in a position to give you the total number of casualties,” he said.

The stampede occurred when fans fought for entry to Olembe Stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon’s capital, to witness the host country face the Comoros Islands in a last-16 knockout game in Africa’s premier football event.

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Children were among those caught up in the crush, according to witnesses at the stadium. It happened, according to witnesses, when stadium officials closed the gates and refused to let people in.

At least 40 people were hurt in the stampede, according to officials at the neighboring Messassi hospital.

“Some of the injured are in desperate condition,” said Olinga Prudence, a nurse. “We will have to evacuate them to a specialized hospital.”

Officials estimated about 50,000 people attempted to attend the game. The stadium has a capacity of 60,000 people, but due to crowd size limits imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, it was not expected to be more than 80% filled during the game.

The Africa Cup of Nations is organized by the Confederation of African Football, which confirmed it was aware of the occurrence in a statement.

“CAF is currently investigating the situation and trying to get more details on what transpired,” it said. “We are in constant communication with Cameroon government and the Local Organizing Committee.”

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One of the federation’s top officials, general secretary Veron Mosengo-Omba, went to visit injured fans in the hospital, the statement said.

Cameroon is hosting the African Cup for the first time in 50 years. It was meant to host the tournament in 2019, but the event was taken away that year and awarded to Egypt because of serious concerns with Cameroon’s preparations, particularly the readiness of its stadiums.

Olembe Stadium was one of the venues that was under scrutiny.

Cameroon authorities had flung wide stadium gates, organized mass transportation, and given away free tickets to entice fans after dismal turnout in the first round games at brand new stadiums erected for the continent’s showpiece championship.

The tragedy on Monday was the country’s second major setback in less than a day, following the death of at least 17 people in a fire started by a series of explosions at a nightclub in Yaounde on Sunday.

Following that incident, Cameroon President Paul Biya urged the country to be on guard while it hosts its biggest national sports event in a half-century.

Cameroon won the game 2-1 to reach the quarterfinals.

Information from Reuters has been used in this story.

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