Five fans lost their lives in a stampede while leaving 11th November Stadium, Luanda, Angola after a Caf Champions League quarterfinals match between Desportivo 1 de Agosto and TP Mazembe.
Fans filled the 50k sitter capacity facility to the brim for the highly anticipated match and some could be seen hanging dangerously around the inner barrier separating the pitch and the stands.
According to Timoteo Antonio, a journalist in Luanda, who spoke to Kahawa Tungu, the unfortunate incident happened as fans rushed to exit the stadium using one channel after the game that ended in a barren draw.
“It was after the match, people wanted to leave the stadium at the same time using a small exit gate, some fell and were stepped on leading deaths,” Timoteo explained.
Security of fans during Caf matches has come under sharp scrutiny in the past few weeks with officials in charge being accused of allowing excess fans into the stadium hence compromising security.
In Madagascar, two fans died in a crowded stadium during the Afcon 2019 qualifiers match between the hosts and Senegal two weeks ago.
The Gambia versus Algeria qualifier was allowed to proceed despite glaring security threats with fans dangerously hanging around a crowded stadium.
Caf is yet to issue a statement regarding the above three incidences or even mourn the departed.
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