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AFCON stampede: Eight dead as 40 fans hospitalised and children crushed in stadium chaos

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A number of supporters have been hospitalised, with officials reporting at least eight fatalities following what observers described as a “stampede” prior to Cameroon’s Africa Cup of Nations clash with Comoros.

The hosts are looking to book their place in the quarter final with a win over minnows Comoros, who are the lowest ranked side to qualify through the group stages.

However, prior to kick off at The Paul Biya Stadium in Olembe, reports have surfaced suggesting fans were involved in a crush as they attempted to make their way into the stadium.

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The 60,000 capacity stadium, which hosted the tournament’s opening ceremony was built in preparation for the delayed tournament, which kicked off earlier this month.
Several eye-witness accounts claim the incident occurred by the entrance to the stadium, with reports of up to 40 injuries, including children that were crushed in the fracas.

The Associated Press have reported that officials have said at least six people have died in the tragedy.

CAF have since released a statement, which read: “CAF is aware of the incident that took place at Olembe Stadium during the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations fixture between hosts Cameroon and Comoros tonight, 24 January 2022.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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