Written by on January 25, 2022

At least eight people are believed to have been killed and others maimed in a crush outside an Africa Cup of Nations match in Cameroon.

Video video shows football supporters battling to acquire entry to the Paul Biya stadium in a district of the capital Yaounde.

One youngster is among the deceased, according to a health ministry report acquired by the AFP news agency.

Another report indicated a handful of youngsters had lost consciousness.

The stadium has a capacity of 60,000 but due to Covid limits it was not expected to be more than 80 percent filled.

Match authorities were cited as stating that about 50,000 people were attempting to attend.

Journalist Leocadia Bongben was at the game. She told the BBC’s Newsday show that she witnessed activity emanating from one of the “fan zone” locations outside the stadium.

“People began yelling. A minute after that an ambulance arrived to the stadium, but when we got to the spot the police did not allow us to come near to where the rush occurred,” she claimed.

She had got a list of eight persons who lost their lives, she claimed.

“It’s actually quite a tragic circumstance that people go to watch a game and they end up dying there.”

Reader's opinions

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Current track