Africa Cup of Nations: At least eight people dead in stampede outside football game in Cameroon


At least eight people have been killed and 38 injured in a crush outside an Africa Cup of Nations football match in Cameroon.


Videos showed screaming fans being crushed at an entry gate to the Olembé stadium in the capital Yaoundé.


Witnesses described chaotic scenes outside the ground as thousands of fans struggled to get access.


Two boys, aged eight and 14, are among the dead, and seven people were seriously injured.


Cameroonian President Paul Biya ordered an investigation into the "tragic incident". The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has also launched its own investigation, and says a minute's silence will be observed at future matches as a mark of respect to those who died.

Officials say about 50,000 people tried to attend the match on Monday.


The stadium has a capacity of 60,000 but it was not meant to be more than 80% full for the game because of Covid restrictions.


In a statement, the Confederation of African Football said that it is "aware of the incident" at the Olembe Stadium and are "trying to get more details on what transpired".


"We are in constant communication with Cameroon government and the local organising committee," CAF said.


"Tonight, the CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe sent the general secretary, Veron Mosengo-Omba, to visit the supporters in hospital in Yaounde."


In a tweet Cameroon's Minister of Public Health, Manaouda Malachie said: "I have just visited the hospitals that received the victims of today's incident at the Olembe Stadium, to show them all the compassion of the Presidential Couple. Everything is in place for their free care and optimal support. Stay strong!"

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