Jan 24, 2022 - Sports

At least 6 dead in stampede at Africa Cup of Nations soccer game

This picture taken on January 7, 2022 shows a general view of the Olembe stadium in Yaounde, two days before the start of The African Cup of Nations (CAN).

Olembe soccer stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon. Photo: Kenzo TribouillardR/AFP via Getty Images

At least six people were killed and 40 others injured in a stampede during an Africa Cup of Nations soccer match in Cameroon's capital, Yaoundé, Monday — and officials warned the death toll could rise, per AP.

The big picture: The Confederation of African Football (CAF), which organizes the Africa Cup of Nations, said in a statement it is investigating the tragedy, which happened as fans tried to access Olembe Stadium to watch Cameroon's 2-1 win over Comoros.

  • Soccer officials said some 50,000 people had attempted to enter the 60-000-capacity stadium, which pandemic restrictions required to be no more than 80% full for the match, AP notes.

What they're saying: Africa Cup of Nations organising committee spokesperson Abel Mbengue told AFP, "There was a crush as can happen when there is a stampede.

  • "We are waiting for reliable information on the number of casualties in this tragic incident."
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