Five die in Luanda stadium stampede after CAFCL game

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It was a sad end to the CAF Champions League match between Primeiro de Agosto and DR Congo’s TP Mazembe as five people have been confirmed dead following a stampede at the 11 de Novembro Stadium in Luanda on Saturday.

The unfortunate event happened after the first leg, quarter-final match ended with fans finding it difficult to exit the sports complex owing to the gates under lock.

Reports in Angola revealed that the decision to lock the gates led to anxiety and as soon the police opened the gates, it led to a stampede with fans rushing for the exits.

The sports ministry in Angola confirmed the event saying five people died and seven were injured in the stampede.

According to Agencia Angola Press, the ministry also stated that “three members of the same family, of whom two children aged between 10 and 12, as being among the victims.”

The ministry said: “The deadly stampede happened when the crowd tried to get out of the 11 de Novembro stadium.”

The Angolan authorities say there will be an investigation into the incident by a commission of enquiry.

REWIND TO FEBRUARY 2017

Last year, Angolan football was thrown into mourning for similar stadium mishap during a league game.

It was reported that at least 17 people lost their lives while dozens got injured in a stampede at the January 4th Stadium in Uige, northern Angola.

Officials in Angola stated that there were children among the 17 who lost their lives during that stadium stampede in Uige.

© The Predictor NG

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