At least 17 killed in stampede at Angolan football match
At least 17 people were killed and scores were injured in a stampede at a football stadium in Angola on Friday.
The stampede took place at the January 4th stadium in Angolan city of Uige, when hundreds of supporters rushed at one of the gates of the stadium to watch the opening game of Angola’s first division championship between Santa Rita de Cassia and Recreativo do Libolo. Many people fell and some suffocated in the crush.
“Some people had to walk on top of other people. There were 76 casualties, of whom 17 died,” Ernesto Luis, director general of the local hospital, told Reuters news agency.
According to Angola’s state news agency Angop, five are in serious condition.
The January 4th stadium has been approved by the Angolan Football Federation on Monday to host games of Santa Rita in the league. According to Angop, a team of inspectors approved the stadium, but left a number of recommendations.
The recommendations, which were to be met within three days, included modifying the opening of the main gates.
Angola President José Eduardo dos Santos expressed condolences to the families of victims and instructed officials to provide all necessary support to injured and open an investigation.
The game ended in a 1-0 victory for Libolo.
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