Great tragedy struck at AFCON 2021. Six people were reported dead after a stampede at the Olembe Stadium before Cameroon took on Comoros in the last 16.
As Futaa reported on Tuesday morning, the disaster happened after fans forced entry into the stadium. Six people lost their lives while 40 were reportedly injured and taken to hospital.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has since released a statement on the event. The note confirms an investigation will be launched, while the injured will be visited at the hospital.
CAF’s full statement:
“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.”
Meanwhile, the biggest last 16 fixture is coming on Wednesday at Egypt take on Ivory Coast.