Patrice Motsepe addresses Africa Cup of Nations tragedy


CAF president Patrice Motsepe has confirmed that the Olembe Stadium, scene of the tragic stampede that claimed eight lives on Monday night, will not host an Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final this weekend as originally planned.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns owner held a press conference on Tuesday afternoon following the disaster in Yaounde on Monday.

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Prior to his address, Motsepe reportedly asked that everyone present observe a moment of silence to commemorate those who lost their lives in the stampede that occurred ahead of Cameroon's 2-1 round of 16 win over Comoros.   

According to Associated Press journalist Rob Harris, the 59-year-old then called for a report and emergency measures to ensure an incident like this does not happen again, and confirmed that Sunday's quarter-final, which was scheduled to take place at the Olembe Stadium, will now take place at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium.

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"I know that legally the LOC (local organising committee) is responsible for the safety and security, but we are their partners and we have to make sure that the safety of every single spectator is our primary concern," Motsepe said during his address, per Harris.  

"If it [the gate at the stadium where the crush occurred] was open they would have walked through, and it was closed for inexplicable reasons.

"If that gate was open as it was supposed to, we wouldn't have had... this loss of life.

"Clearly there were deficiencies, clearly there were failures. There were weaknesses. There are things that should have been foreseen. You take preventative measures, you take steps to anticipate certain things.

"Minute of silence from every match from now. CAF will be in touch with the families. CAF will issue another statement after meeting with the organising committee." 

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