AFCON 2022 stampede in Cameroon causes eight deaths as investigations opened

The Confederation of African Soccer has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding a lethal stampede on the Stade d’Olembe in Yaounde, Cameroon previous to a 2022 Africa Cup of Nations Spherical of 16 match on Jan. 24 between host Cameroon and Comoros.

Preliminary reviews of six deaths, which circulated within the quick aftermath of the fixture, have now been up to date to eight fatalities in a authorities assertion, whereas the names of a number of the victims have begun to emerge.

“The primary abstract of the stampede is that there are eight deaths and 38 injured, of whom 31 have gentle accidents and 7 critical,” learn a press release from the Ministry of Communication.

“The deceased had been taken to the Emergency Heart in Yaounde for applicable formalities, whereas the injured had been despatched to 4 completely different well being facilities within the metropolis of Yaounde.

“They [health centers] had been instantly alerted following directions from the President of the Republic Paul Biya.”

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Native authorities clarified to GOAL within the quick aftermath of the incident how supporters tried to enter the sector when safety personnel sought to maneuver a barrier on the South Entrance of the stadium.

Followers nearer to the gate had been trampled beneath those that tried to enter the sector. Some injured supporters had been nonetheless being transported to hospitals from the stadium medical middle as much as three and a half hours after kickoff, whereas different victims had been handled within the gamers’ remedy room on the stadium.

“In gentle of this drama, the gravity of which creates emotion and consternation, the Chief of State addresses his saddest condolences to the households who’ve been hardly affected, whereas additionally wishing a fast restoration to the injured, to whom he passes the profound compassion of the entire nation,” continued the assertion.

The federal government additionally confirmed the launch of an enquiry into the incident, and the Confederation of African Soccer (CAF) introduced that it was starting its personal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.

Cameroon’s authorities has referred to as on followers to display “a way of duty, self-discipline, and civility of all for the success of this main sporting get together”.

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“CAF is conscious of the incident that came about at Olembe Stadium throughout the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations fixture between hosts Cameroon and Comoros tonight, 24 January 2022,” learn a press release from African soccer’s governing physique.

“CAF is at the moment investigating the scenario and attempting to get extra particulars on what transpired. We’re in fixed communication with Cameroon authorities and the Native Organizing Committee.”

CAF Normal Secretary Veron Mosengo-Omba visited hospitalized supporters in Yaounde within the hours following the crush.

Officers at Yaounde’s Messassi Hospital advised the AP that at the very least 40 injured individuals had been transferred to their facility, whereas the native gendarmerie confirmed to GOAL that the deaths and accidents occurred when supporters making an attempt to enter the stadium crushed those that had fallen in entrance of them.

GOAL on the scene witnessed Pink Cross medics attending to sufferers who discovered themselves concerned within the crush. One younger teenage supporter was wheeled from the gamers’ medical room to a ready ambulance on a stretcher, earlier than being taken to a close-by medical facility.

Medical workers on the stadium appeared in numerous states of misery within the aftermath of the incident, however had been solely capable of share their hope that these victims who had been transported to the hospital in time would obtain the remedy they required to outlive.

FIFA has additionally despatched its condolences to these affected by the tragedy, providing the “ideas and prayers of the worldwide soccer group” to the victims, injured, and workers concerned within the incident.

“There was the sort of stampede we witness in every single place the place there are these varieties of huge crowd actions,” AFCON Organizing Committee spokesperson Abel Mbengue stated, as per L’Equipe. “We’re ready for dependable info on the victims.”

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The 60,000-seat stadium had a diminished capability of fifty,000 for the match, with the sector working at 80 % on account of restrictions put in forward of the competitors in a bid to curb the unfold of coronavirus. Different matches within the match not involving host Cameroon had been set at 60 % capability.

The Spherical of 16 match proceeded as scheduled and Cameroon beat Comoros 2-1 to progress to the quarterfinals the place it will meet Gambia in Douala on Jan. 29.

The tragedy on the Stade d’Olembe occurred lower than 48 hours after at the very least 17 individuals had been killed in a nightclub blaze.


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