Football matches at the Stade du Cameroun suspended after a fatal crash

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has suspended African Cup of Nations (AFCON) matches at the Olembe stadium in Yaoundé after eight people were killed and dozens injured in a stampede.

Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Patrice Motsepe announced the suspension of matches at the stadium during a press conference in the Cameroonian capital on Tuesday.

Before the deadly stampede at Sadium Olembe on Monday night, Motsepe said that many irregularities were noted in the organization of the match between Cameroon and Comoros.

CAF President Patrice Motsepe speaks during a press conference at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon January 25, 2022.

He noted that the stadium received thousands more fans than CAF allowed.

“There was an abnormal number of people including those without tickets. Thousands more people than expected arrived in a way that is not properly coordinated and governed. I went see where people lost their lives, and you see that’s a door and that door was supposed to be open, because if it was open, they [fans] would have crossed. And it was closed for inexplicable reasons. If that door had been opened the way it was supposed to, we wouldn’t have had those casualties,” Motsepe said.

People assist victims of a stampede outside a stadium hosting an African Cup of Nations soccer match in Yaounde, Cameroon January 24, 2022.

People assist victims of a stampede outside a stadium hosting an African Cup of Nations soccer match in Yaounde, Cameroon January 24, 2022.

CAF had cleared the stadium to receive a maximum of 40,000 supporters in the 60,000 seater stadium for matches of Africa’s biggest football tournament, the African Football Cup of Nations (AFCON).

But Cameroonian police said more than 57,000 people were at the stadium on Monday night after fans fought their way past security, resulting in a fatal crush.

Despite the tragedy, Motsepe said the AFCON Championship will continue.

All the matches scheduled at the Olembe stadium would instead be played at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaoundé.

Meanwhile, CAF and Cameroonian authorities have launched investigations into the causes of the deadly stampede.

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