AFCON: Six dead, many injured in stampede

After a crash at Olembe Stadium, Cameroon, six persons have been reported dead in the event of the Cameroon vs Comoros match during the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Monday.

In a viral video on social media, football fans were seen struggling to get access to the stadium.

Cameroon-based television, CRTV, reported that “half a dozen deaths and dozens have been injured”.

The Confederation of African Football confirmed the incident in a statement, saying that investigation is ongoing.

The statement 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.

“CAF is currently investigating the situation and trying to get more details on what transpired. We are in constant communication with the 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.”

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