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AFCON: CAF to investigate crush incident at Olembe stadium

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced it is investigating the stampede that occurred at the Olembe Sports Stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon.

The BBC earlier announced that six people had been killed and dozens injured in a clash outside the stadium that was hosting a match between hosts Cameroon and Comoros which ended in a 2-1 scoreline in favour of Cameroon.

While acknowledging the incident, CAF announced it is “currently investigating the situation and trying to get more details on what transpired. We are in constant communication with Cameroon government and the Local Organizing Committee.”

The CAF President, Dr Patrice Motsepe, sent the General Secretary, Veron Mosengo-Omba to visit the supporters in hospital in Yaoundé, a CAF statement said.

According to reports, the clash occurred as fans struggled to squeeze through the stadium gates to watch the match.

Below is the statement:

CAF is aware of the incident that took place at Olembe Stadium during the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations fixture between hosts Cameroon and Comoros tonight, 24 January 2022.

CAF is currently investigating the situation and trying to get more details on what transpired. We are in constant communication with Cameroon government and the Local Organizing Committee.

Tonight, the CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe sent the General Secretary, Veron Mosengo-Omba to visit the supporters in hospital in Yaoundé.

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