2021 AFCON: “You can’t blame CAF for the stampede at the stadium” – President

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Mr. Patrice Motsepe, the President of the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has pointed out that, the Africa football governing body cannot be blamed for the stampede that occurred at the Stade Olembe when Cameroon hosted Comoros in the round of 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon.

The Indomitable Lions defeated the Coelacanth 2-1 to book a quarter-final berth but an unfortunate incident happened at the Southern entrance of the Olembe stadium which claimed eight lives and rendered 38 injured with seven with serious injuries.

Addressing the media at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde, the CAF President said “This is not the time to point fingers, you can’t say CAF is to blame. We have partnerships, we are a collective and would be guided by the report.

“There is a duty to listen to the various stakeholders. The conclusion was to observe a moment of silence before every game.”

Mr. Motsepe said security was the arrangement of the Local Organising Committee and CAF only gives advice on their decisions, however, reiterated that it was not time to point accusing fingers at anyone for the incident.

“Security is for the Local Organising Committee, CAF only advices. These are the legal arrangements but this is not the time to blame anyone.”

The deceased were taken to the Yaounde Emergency Centre for appropriate formalities and the injured were rushed to four hospitals in the city for immediate care.

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