The players of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will donate their knockout-round bonuses to the victims of the stampede which occured at the Olembe Stadium.
The disaster which claimed eight lives and left over 50 injured occurred moments before Cameroon played their Round-16 clash against Comoros.
The stampede occurred as spectators tried to get into the Olembe Stadium.
The win which gave them a spot in the last eight where they ousted Gambia saw each player walk away with $85,000 but they have now decided to turn it into donation to the victims of the sad incident.
This was confirmed through the team’s spokesperson, Serge Leopold Guiffo who made it known that the players have informed FA President Samuel Eto’o of their decision.
“The Indomitable Lions asked the FECAFOOT president Samuel Eto’o that their bonus of 50,000,000 CFA [$85,585.63 USD,£63,653.93 GBP] for their qualification to the last 16 at the AFCON be given to the victims of the stampede that took place at Olembe on the 24 January,”
“The request was made after their quarterfinal match against The Gambia in Douala [on Saturday 29 January] and of course, Eto’o agreed, it’s up to the players what they do with their money.”
Cameroon are one the four teams left in the tournament having booked spot in the Semis with a victory over Gambia and will be facing a Salah-inspired Pharaohs of Egypt for a place in the finals.