Not less than eight individuals had been killed and 38 injured in Monday’s incident through the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) sport between Cameroon and Comoros.
The crush occurred on the south entrance of the stadium as followers tried to look at the spherical of 16 match, which resulted in a 2-1 victory to Cameroon.
“If [the gate] was open, [spectators] would have walked via and it was closed for inexplicable causes,” CAF president Patrice Motsepe mentioned throughout a press convention on Tuesday.
“If that gate was open because it was purported to we would not have had this lack of life.”
Motsepe additionally vowed that such an incident will “by no means occur once more” at an AFCON event, including that “there have been issues that ought to have been foreseen.”
He mentioned: “There’s zero tolerance, absolute zero tolerance within the circumstances which may end in individuals being injured at a stadium or dropping their lives.
It was additionally confirmed on the press convention that the AFCON quarterfinal attributable to be performed at Olembe Stadium on Sunday will probably be moved to Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaoundé, topic to approval from CAF’s govt committee.
An announcement from the federal government of Cameroon mentioned 31 individuals had been calmly injured and 7 had been severely injured within the crush.
“Dealing with this tragedy, the seriousness of which has provoked emotion and consternation, the Head of State [Paul Biya] sends his saddest condolences to the badly hit households, in addition to his needs of a speedy restoration to the injured, to whom he sends the profound compassion of all the nation,” the assertion added.
The deceased had been taken to the Yaoundé Emergency Centre, whereas the injured had been divided between 4 well being amenities in Yaoundé.
In a press release on Tuesday, FIFA — soccer’s world governing physique — despatched “deepest condolences to the households and buddies of the victims who misplaced their lives.”
It added: “The ideas and prayers of the worldwide soccer neighborhood are with the victims, those who’ve been injured on this incident, and all of the workers of each CAF and the Cameroonian Soccer Affiliation at this tough second.”
Monday’s incident got here a day after one other tragedy within the capital.
Not less than 16 individuals had been killed when a hearth tore via a nightclub early Sunday, in response to a authorities assertion. One other eight individuals had been severely injured and are in intensive care.
At a information convention held on the scene, the director of the Yaoundé Central Hospital mentioned a number of individuals had been in vital situation.
Explosions from fireworks brought about the ceiling on the Liv Nightclub to catch hearth, leading to two robust explosions that brought about panic amongst these within the venue, in response to the assertion from the Cameroonian Ministry of Communication.
Biya ordered an in-depth investigation into the incident and despatched his condolences to the victims’ households, the federal government assertion added.
CNN’s Joel Kouam reported from Cameroon and Mitchell McCluskey wrote from Atlanta. CNN’s Niamh Kennedy, Nimi Princewill and Schams Elwazer contributed to this report.