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At least six people dead and multiple supporters hospitalized after a ‘stampede’ ahead of Cameroon’s game against Comoros in the African Cup of Nations at the Olembe Stadium in Yaoundé.

  • Online footage shows fans breaking down the gates at the Olembe Stadium
  • There were reports of a crowd at the stadium entrance, and authorities said at least 40 people were injured in the stampede.
  • An official says at least six people have been killed, but Naseri Paul Biya, governor of Cameroon’s central region, added there could be more victims.
  • Despite the incident, the match started on time as Cameroon beat Comoros.
  • Officials say around 50,000 people attempted to attend the game despite an official cap of 48,000 due to coronavirus restrictions.

An official says at least 6 people have been killed in what has been described as a stampede outside a stadium in Cameroon ahead of an African Cup of Nations match.

Naseri Paul Biya, governor of the central region of Cameroon, added that there could be more victims.

A number of supporters have also reportedly been hospitalized, with images on social media showing fans breaking down doors ahead of Cameroon’s match against Comoros on Monday night at the Olembe Stadium in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé.

There were reports of a crush as people made their way to the stadium and the media outlet. LSI Africa reporting that the injured have been transferred to the nearby Hospital Messassi.

Officials at the nearby hospital said they had received at least 40 injuries from the stampede.

“Some of the injured are in desperate condition,” said Olinga Prudence, a nurse. ‘We will have to evacuate them to a specialized hospital.’

Images on social media showing fans breaking down doors ahead of Cameroon's game against Comoros on Monday night.

An official says at least 6 people have been killed in a stampede outside a stadium in Cameroon ahead of an African Cup of Nations match.

Despite the incident, the match started on time as Cameroon beat Comoros 2-1

Despite the incident, the match started on time as Cameroon beat Comoros 2-1

Authorities said some 50,000 people had tried to attend the match.

The stadium has a capacity of 60,000, but was not intended to be more than 80 percent full (a capacity of 48,000) for the game due to restrictions on crowd sizes due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the incident, the match started on time as Cameroon beat Comoros 2-1 to seal their place in the African Cup of Nations quarter-finals.

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Fans continued to enjoy the spectacle inside the stadium despite the tragic incident.

Fans continued to enjoy the spectacle inside the stadium despite the tragic incident.

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