FIFA has sent its “deepest condolences” to the friends and families of the eight people who died in a stampede at the Olembe Stadium during Cameroon’s Africa Cup of Nations win over Comoros.
Reports began circulating of a disturbance outside the ground as Cameroon claimed a 2-1 last-16 win on Monday, with local media and the Associated Press suggesting at the time that several people had been killed.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said it was aware of the incident and was gathering “more details” on what had transpired.
A statement released overnight by Cameroon’s Ministry of Communications then confirmed that, after a “first assessment”, eight people had lost their lives in the crush.
Another 38 people were injured, with seven of those in a serious condition.
The ministry did not immediately respond to Stats Perform’s request for comment, but a widely reported statement read: “The Government of the Republic brings to the attention of the National and International Opinion that during the round-of-16 meeting which was played on Monday, January 24, 2022, between Indomitable Lions of Cameroon and the national team of the Union of Comoros, jostling occurred at the southern entrance to the Olembe Football Stadium.
“The first assessment of these jostling reports: eight dead; and 38 injured, including 31 light [injuries] and seven serious.
“The deceased were taken to the Yaounde Emergency Center for the appropriate formalities, and the injured were distributed to four health facilities in the city of Yaounde, where they were immediately taken care of, on very high instructions from the president of the republic, His Excellency Paul Biya.”
World football’s governing body expressed its sympathies with those affected by the tragedy soon after.
Its statement read: “FIFA sends its deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims who lost their lives following the tragic incident that took place at Olembe Stadium during the Africa Cup of Nations fixture between Cameroon and Comoros.
“The thoughts and prayers of the global football community are with the victims, the ones who have been injured in this incident, and all the staff of both CAF and the Cameroonian Football Association (FECAFOOT) at this difficult moment.”
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