Cameroon was hit by a stampede that killed six people and injured at least 10 others. The incident happened on Monday in the town of Sissili, which is home to an annual Christmas market.
The “cameroon country” is a nation in Africa. On July 29th, 2018, the “Stampede Kills Six People, Several Injured In Cameroon.”
Getty Comoros fans react as they watch the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 round of 16 football match between Cameroon and Comoros on a screen on January 24, 2022, in Marseille, southern France. (AFP photo by Christophe SIMON) (Photo courtesy of AFP/CHRISTOPHE SIMON via Getty Images)
The African Cup of Nations this year has a tragic scar on it, with eight people confirmed dead and over 40 wounded following a stampede outside of the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde. According to reports coming out of Cameroon’s capital city, supporters were rushing in to get to the stadium, and in the following commotion, many people were crushed.
At least 40 people were hurt in the rush, according to officials at the neighboring Messassi hospital.
Cameroonian state television, CRTV, also verified this.
“A rush at the gate to the Olembe stadium in #Yaoundé before the Cameroon vs. Comoros match left half a dozen dead (at the time) and hundreds wounded.” The status of the wounded in the city’s hospitals is being monitored by the authorities of #Cameroun and #CAF,” the network said.
“Some of the victims are in critical condition,” Olinga Prudence, a nurse, stated. “They’ll have to be airlifted to a specialist facility.”
Officials told Sky Sports that over 50,000 people attempted to attend the event. The stadium has a capacity of 60,000 people, but because to coronavirus limitations, it was only supposed to be 80 percent full during the game.
This is a complete catastrophe! 🤦🏾♂️ Those in charge of crowd safety and security have a lot of responsibility. This is bad for Cameroon’s and the AFCON’s image. No one should die or be wounded as a result of attending a football game.
— January 24, 2022, Osasu Obayiuwana (@osasuo)
Only after the match did news of tragedy emerge.
Cameroon FA president Samuel Eto’o has said nothing as of the publishing of this story. According to a statement made by Cameroon police and the Confederation of African Football, the event organizer, the wounded at the city’s hospitals are being monitored.
According to medical sources reported by Radio France International, at least eight individuals were killed in the stampede, including a 6-year-old kid.
According to one witness, the crowding occurred when authorities opened the stadium gates before to the commencement of the home nation’s match.
CAF stated it is “investigating the situation” at Olembe Stadium and is in “continuous touch” with the Cameroon government and the local organizing committee.
CAF President Patrice Motsepe has sent General Secretary Veron Mosengo-Omba to Yaounde to see the wounded supporters, according to the organization.
The Africa Cup of Nations is the most prominent tournament for national teams on the continent.
A tragedy off the field casts a pall on the game.
Cameroon managed to stave off a ten-man Comoros team that had been decimated by COVID-19 after 12 players tested positive. Chaker Alhadhur, a left-back, was forced to play goal for the team. The Indomitable Lions triumphed 2-1 in that encounter, with goals from Karl Toko-Ekambi and Vincent Aboubakar propelling them into the quarterfinals.
They will now play Gambia, but the key issue is whether the tournament will be postponed in light of the incident.
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