Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals postponed after mass panic

After the deadly mass panic at the Africa Cup of Nations, the quarter-finals scheduled for Sunday will not take place at the Olembe Stadium as planned.

The match will be played at another stadium in the capital Yaounde, African Football Confederation CAF President Patrice Motsepe said on Tuesday. At least eight people died in a mass panic at the arena the night before.

The winners of the round of 16 Ivory Coast-Egypt and Morocco-Malawi were supposed to play for a place in the semi-finals at the Olembe Stadium on Sunday.

In addition, Motsepe called for a quick investigation into the tragedy, in which, according to the government, 38 people were injured, seven of them seriously. “We need to set up a commission to immediately investigate what happened,” Motsepe said. “And who should have done what and who didn’t, who didn’t fulfill their obligations. And we want their report by Friday.”


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