Eight people have perished in Senegal’s stadium wall collapse leaving at least 49 injured.
The tragic incident happened at the Demba Diop stadium in the capital, Dakar when Stade de Mbour and Union Sportive Ouakam was playing the League Cup final.
The two distinguished clubs in Senegal was scheduled to play each other in the League Cup final and almost at the end of the game, the wall collapsed killing eight people and leaving several injured.
As the game was in the 90th minute with the scores at 1-1, there was some fight between the two club fans but calmness was ascertained as the police set in before the extra time started.
Stade de Mbour scored in the first extra to lead 2-1 and held on to win the League Cup sparking all sorts of violence. The Police responded with tear gas leading to panic, stampede leading to the wall to collapse.
Stones and other projectiles were being thrown at each other from the fans leading to several injured and eight people dead as confirmed by the police.
Cheikh Maba Diop who saw his friend perish in the wall collapse told AFP news agency; “All of a sudden when the wall fell… we knew exactly that some of our own had lost their lives because the wall fell directly on to people”.
The government of Senegal has told reporters that they will look to the incident and will suspend all campaigns for the upcoming elections. The spokesperson for Senegal’s President, Macky Sall said; “We are suspending all campaigns for the upcoming country’s elections as a mark of respect to the deceased”.
“We will look into the incident and punish all those involved serving as a warning to others”, he added.