AFCON 2021: Quarter-Final Clash Moved from Olembe Stadium After Tragic Stampede

AFCON 2021: Quarter-Final Clash Moved from Olembe Stadium After Tragic Stampede

  • Morocco's AFCON quarter-final against the winner between Ivory Coast and Morocco was set to be played at Olembe Stadium
  • However, CAF has now moved the Sunday, January 30, clash across town at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium
  • The decision was reached following a deadly stampede at Olembe Stadium on Monday, January 24, that claimed at least eight lives

Morocco's Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final fixture against the winner between Ivory Coast and Egypt has been moved to a different venue.

A general view of the Olembe stadium in Yaounde, two days before the start of The African Cup of Nations (CAN). (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP).
Olembe Stadium played host for the 2021 AFCON opening ceremony. Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD.
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The match was initially set to be played at the Olembe Stadium on Sunday, January 31.

However, the Confederation of African Football has announced the change in location for the last eight clash following the horror stampede that claimed at least eight lives at Olembe Stadium on Monday, January 24.

Mayhem broke out at the facility moments before hosts Cameroon stunned Comoros in the capital city of Yaounde to seal a place in the quarters.

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It is understood no fewer than eight people including a six-year-old were confirmed dead after the tragic incident, with more than 50 others sustaining injuries.

Witnesses claimed that those manning the gates at the stadium were too overwhelmed by the mass of people to check tickets occasioning the stampede.

CAF has now announced Morocco's quarter-final tie will be played across town at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium and not Olembe Stadium as previously scheduled.

"We have a duty to find out exactly what happened and more importantly to put in preventative measures to ensure that what happened never happens again," CAF president Patrice Motsepe said.

Olembe Stadium played host for the opening ceremony of the 2021 AFCON and is due to host a semi-final and the final on Sunday, February 6.

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Mario Marinica claimed there was clear favouritism towards the tournament's bigger teams as the minnows were being subjected to poor conditions.

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Source: Sports Brief News