Fifa has expressed their heartfelt condolences further to the tragedy that happened at the Olembe Stadium during the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) last 16 game between hosts Cameroon and Comoros on Monday night.
It’s said that fans were involved in a crush as they attempted to make their way into the Paul Biya Stadium, a 60,000-capacity arena named after Cameroon’s president. Eight persons killed with 40 injured including seven seriously impacted.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) released a statement after the incident is currently investigating the situation and trying to get more details on what transpired.
While no official confirmation of any fatalities was forthcoming on Tuesday morning, world governing body Fifa issued a statement in relation to the incident.
“Fifa sends its deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims who lost their lives following the tragic incident that took place at Olembe Stadium during the Africa Cup of Nations fixture between Cameroon and Comoros.”
“The thoughts and prayers of the global football community are with the victims, the ones who have been injured in this incident, and all the staff of both CAF and the Cameroonian Football Association (FECAFOOT) at this difficult moment.” It read.