A stadium stampede killed one person before the start of Madagascar vs. Senegal match at a Madagascar football stadium.
Almost forty people also injured in the incident which occurred during the qualifying round of the Africa Cup of Nations. Two of the injured are still in critical condition. The stampede occurred when spectators tried to enter into the stadium through the only entrance.
According to a source, there was a huge crowd on the entrance. Rivo Raberisaona said, “We were waiting in the queue from six o’clock in the morning. We were metres from the gate when the stampede took place. I was trampled on the back, but my backpack cushioned the impact”.
Henintsoa Mialy Harizafy expressed astonishment by saying that “I do not understand why there was only one gate open into the stadium when it’s such a big match”. His uncle sustained injuries in the stampede.
Stampedes at stadiums are common in Africa. It usually happened due to lack of maintenance of crowd control in over-crowded stadiums.
In February 2017, at least 17 people lost their lives in a stadium stampede in Angola. Moreover, a stampede at a match in Malawi also killed eight people including two children in July of the same year.
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