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25th Jan 2022

Several people killed after crush at Africa Cup of Nations match

Stephen Porzio

Tragic news.

At least eight people have died and around 50 have been injured following a crush outside a football stadium in Cameroon on Monday (24 January), according to reports.

It is said the incident occurred as fans attempted to enter the 60,000 capacity Olembe stadium in the capital Yaoundé.

This was before the country played Comoros in a round-of-16 Africa Cup of Nations tie.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) issued the following statement after the crush:

“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.

“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.

“Tonight, the CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe sent the General Secretary, Veron Mosengo-Omba to visit the supporters in hospital in Yaoundé.”

According to a preliminary health ministry report obtained by AFP, eight deaths were recorded after the crush, including “two women in their thirties, four men in their thirties, one child, one body taken away by the family.”

This tragedy comes just days after 17 people were killed after a fire broke out in a nightclub in Yaoundé. Several more people were injured.