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Stadium stampede during Cameroon-Comoros in Yaounde claims six lives

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Stadium stampede during Cameroon-Comoros in Yaounde claims six lives

Isifu Wirfengla

Yaounde, Cameroon

A stampede has occurred outside the Olembe stadium while hosts Cameroon locked horns with Comoros in Yaounde, claiming about six (6) lives including a magistrate, sources say.

The incident occurred as fans scrambled to access the stadium and watch the Indomitable Lions seek African Cup quarterfinals ticket, which they obtained after edging debutants Comoros 2-1.  

Casualties have been rushed to nearby hospitals and it’s feared more lives will be lost from the incident.

Amateur images show a child and adult persons lying helpless in front of barriers after suffering injuries. 

Witnesses say the incident happened as fans pressed for stewards to open gates which had been closed. It is not clear why entry was being denied at this particular moment.

At the time of this report, neither the government of Cameroon nor the African Confederation – the main organiser of the 24-team tournament – had issued a statement.

The incident happens 48 hours after a night club inferno in the capital city claimed at least 18 lives early on Sunday 23 January 2022.

Sources, including opposition politician Prince Ekosso claimed “about 30 people” died with “many others injured” at Liv’s Night Club Bastos, a renowned neighbourhood of the political capital Yaounde.

But the minister of communication and spokesman of government, Rene Emmanuel Sadi, talked about 16 deaths and eight injured.

The incident which happened at about 2.30 am local time is blamed on “explosions from the fireworks usually used” in this leisure spot. It caused panic and commotion, explained minister Rene Sadi.

Corpses were deposited at the Ekounou Military hospital mortuary, while injured cases were rushed to the Yaounde central hospital for treatment.

Investigations opened to establish circumstances surrounding the incident are still on course.

A colonel and wife were reported among the dead with many others yet to be identified.  

Cameroonians have been urged to be more prudent and vigilant “in leisure spots, in order to avoid the occurrence of this kind of disaster, especially at a time when our country is hosting a large-scale sporting event.”

Isifu Wirfengla
Isifu Wirfengla

Isifu Michael WIRFENGLA is holder of a Bsc. in Journalism and taking postgraduate studies in Information and Communication Sciences from the University of Yaounde 2. He has five years of broadcast experience. Apart from freelance/sports reporting, he is a trained, practising football referee in Cameroon.


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