At least six football fans have died after a stampede during a Cup of African Nations match.
The governor of the central region of Cameroon said many more people were injured in the collision outside the Paul Biya stadium, Yaoundé, Cameroon.
The horror unfolded outside the Cameroon vs Comoros match, with horrifying reports of fans being trampled on.
Shocking photos show fans unconscious on the ground and others attempting oral resuscitation.
Another video shows a large number of fans rushing through the gates of the 60,000-capacity stadium.
Officials said the stadium was not filled more than 80% for the game due to Covid rules – but more than 50,000 people managed to attend.
Local media reported that dozens of fans were taken to the hospital with children among the injured.
The governor of Cameroon’s central region, Naseri Paul Biya, said there could be more casualties.
And officials at the nearby Messassi hospital said they had received at least 40 people injured in the stampede.
Nurse Olinga Prudence, said: ‘Some of the injured are in a desperate situation.
“We will have to evacuate them to a specialist hospital.”
A spokesman for the Confederation of African Football said: “CAF is aware of an incident that occurred at Olembe Stadium during the TotalEnergies African Cup of Nations match between hosts Cameroon and the Comoros this evening, 24 months. 1 year 2022.
“CAF is currently investigating the situation and trying to get more details on what happened. We are in regular contact with the Cameroonian government and the local Organizing Committee.
“Tonight, CAF President Dr. Patrice Motsepe sent Secretary-General, Veron Mosengo-Omba, to visit hospitalized supporters in Yaoundé.”
Despite the horrific tragedy outside the ground, the match still started as scheduled at 19:00 local time.
The Comoros are said to not pose many challenges after being forced to enter the name of a player from the field after Covid hit.
And things became even more difficult for the team when former Millwall midfielder Jimmy Abdou was shown a red card for a challenge against Moumi Ngamaleu.
Cameroon scored twice midway through the second half, before the Comoros pulled one back.
But that wasn’t enough to stop the tournament hosts, who held on to a 2-1 win.
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