At least six people died in the chaos ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations round of 16 match between Cameroon vs. Comoros. Crowded audience sparked a stampede.
Hosts Cameroon face Comoros at Stade Omnisports Paul Biya, Tuesday (25/1/2022) early morning WIB. Cameroon narrowly won 2-1 in a match they should have won, considering Comoros used left-back as goalkeeper due to the outbreak of Covid-19 in the team.
But Cameroon faced stiff resistance, with goals from Karl Toko Ekambi and Vincent Aboubakar returned by Youssouf M’Changama. For the record, Comoros also lost players in the seventh minute because Nadjim Abdou was sent off.
But the hosts’ victory was quoted at a very high price. Sky Sports and BBC reported a deadly incident before the game, when fans jostled to get into the stadium.
At least six people died as a result of being trampled, while at least 40 people were injured in this incident. The Paul Biya Stadium has a capacity of 60,000 spectators, but protocol dictates that the arena should not accommodate more than 80%.
In reports circulating, security officials said at least 50,000 people flocked to enter the stadium.
“A number of the injured are in a worrying condition. We have to evacuate them to a special hospital,” nurse Olinga Prudence at the Messassi Hospital was quoted as saying. Sky Sports.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) immediately issued a statement. They will investigate this incident and continue to dig up information related to this heartbreaking incident.
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