At least six people have died during an avalanche at the entrance to the Olembe Stadium, the scene in Yaoundé of the round of 16 match of the 2022 Africa Cup between Cameroon and Comoros, according to the AP agency.
Naseri Paul Biya, governor of the central region of Cameroon, pointed out that he was not in a position to offer “the total number of victims” produced during an incident at the gates of the stadium, where thousands of fans gathered trying to enter despite the fact that the doors were closed, witnesses said.
According to the authorities, some 50,000 people wanted to enter the venue, with a capacity for 60,000, but which only allowed a capacity of 48,000 spectators due to restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“CAF is aware of the incident that took place at the Olembe Stadium during the Africa Cup of Nations match between hosts Cameroon and Comoros tonight, January 24, 2022,” the Confederation of African Football said in a statement.
The agency is “investigating the situation and trying to get more details about what happened.” “We are in constant communication with the government of Cameroon and the Local Organizing Committee. Tonight, the president of CAF, Dr. Patrice Motsepe, sent the secretary general, Veron Mosengo-Omba, to visit the fans at the Yaoundé hospital “, he sentenced.