6 fans killed in stampede at Cameroon AFCON match
African Editors’ sources have confirmed that supporters were caught in a crush as they attempted to get into the Yaounde Olembe Stadium to watch their team beat Comoros.
The capacity of the stadium was increased because the national team was playing, but fans were caught in a crush at the entrance.
A crush outside a Cameroon stadium where the host nation qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) quarter-finals on Monday left at least six people dead and more than 40 injured, according to the Central African nation’s national broadcaster.
Crowds attempted to enter the Yaounde Olembe stadium in the capital Yaounde to watch Cameroon beat Comoros 2-1 in Africa’s top football tournament.
While the stadium’s capacity of 60,000 was limited to 60 percent because of the coronavirus, the cap is 80 percent for matches involving the national team.
“A crush at the entrance to the Olembe Stadium” caused “half a dozen deaths and dozens have been injured”, reported Cameroon’s state broadcaster CRTV.
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