Hosts of the African Cup Of Nations Cameroon have scaled through to the last eight of the event after securing a hard-fought 2-1 victory over brilliant debutants Comoros.
The game took place after at least six persons were reported to have lost their lives in a stampede that occurred as fans were trying to make their way into the Olembe Stadium, Yaounde.
The tragic event as relayed by journalist Leocadia Bongben to the BBC began with a commotion coming from one of the “fab zone” areas outside the stadium.
“People started shouting. A minute after that an ambulance came to the stadium, but when we got to the place the police would not allow us to get close to where the stampede was,”
She further added that she had received a list of eight people who lost their lives.
“It’s really quite a sad situation that people go to watch a game and they end up dying there.”
Nick Cavell, a producer for BBC Africa who was at the stadium also reported lots of discarded shoes and other debris strewn around the entrance of the stadium.
Barring the incident, the game produced an electrifying night which witnessed Comoros left-back Chaker Alhadhur make 4 saves tonight in goal [due to multiple Covid positives in squad] against Cameroon, as well as Youssouf M’Changama blasting in a sensational 30-yard knuckleball screamer after going down to 10 men in the seventh minute.
Cameroon overcame Comoros courtesy of goals from Karl Toko-Ekambi and Vincent Aboubakar.
Vincent Aboubakar netted his sixth of the competition and is now Cameroon’s all-time topscorer at a single Afcon event.
The Confederation of African Football, CAF said in a statement that it is “currently investigating the situation and trying to get more details on what transpired”.
In the other R-16 game, Gambia progressed after recording a lone goal victory against Guinea.
Stampede report credits: BBC