AFCON2021: Olembe Stampede Deaths Add to List of Tournament Concerns

By A.J

At least 8 persons died in a stampede at the Olembe Football Stadium in Yaoundé on Monday, January 24, 2022 night.

The incident happened as football supporters pushed through the stadium gates to get access to the stadium for the Cameroon vs Comoros round of 16 game.

Close to 40 persons are also receiving intensive treatment at various health units around Yaoundé as a result of this unfortunate incident.

In reaction to incident, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has asked for an investigation to be opened to establish facts surrounding the stampede.

CAF President Dr. Patrice Motsepe has also instructed the CAF Secretary Veron Mosengo Omba to visit injured supporters in the different health establishments in Yaoundé.

Cameroon’s Minister of Public Health Dr. Manaouda Malachie tweeted that he has made a tour of hospitals where the injured supporters are being treated and offered his support.

“I have just toured the hospitals that received the victims of the incident at the Olembe stadium, to show them all the compassion of the Presidential Couple. Everything has been done for their free care and optimal support. Courage!” Minister Manaouda wrote.

This incident has been seen by many as a major setback for the organizing Committee of the Africa Cup of Nations by Cameroon. It has added to a list of controversies in the build-up to the game on Monday night.

Comorians were made to play with an outfield player in goal for 90 minutes, despite one of their goalkeepers testing negative to Covid-19 hours before the game.

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