July 5, 2022

AFCON 2021: CAF makes changes in venues ahead of quarterfinal, semifinal ties

By Clive Kyazze

CAF and the organising committee for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations have made changes in venues ahead of the quarterfinals and semifinals.

The decision was reached at an emergency meeting on Wednesday in Douala as investigations into the Olembe Stadium stampede on Monday intensified.

Eight people lost their lives and 38 were rushed to hospital with injuries as they tried to force their way into the Olembe Stadium minutes before Cameroon played Comoros in the Round of 16.

CAF communicated that: “The next match that was scheduled for the Olembé Stadium will not take place until CAF and the Local Organising Committee have received the full report of the Investigation Committee (into the Olembé incident) indicating the circumstances and events that led to the injury and death of spectators at the Olembé Stadium.”

The Statment further said: “The CAF AFCON Organising Committee also requires the assurance and guarantee that appropriate and adequate interventions and measures have been implemented to ensure that a similar incident will not occur at the Olembé Stadium during the TotalEnergies AFCON Cameroon 2021.”

Quarterfinal match No 47 (Senegal vs Equatorial guinea) was scheduled for Douala on January 30th has been moved to the Stade Ahmadou Ahijdo at 6 pm EAT.

The same venue will host quarterfinal Match No 48 (Morocco vs Egypt) on the same day at 10 pm EAT.

The other quarterfinals, Burkina Faso vs Tunisia and Gambia vs Cameroon will be played in Garoua and Douala respectively on January 29th.

CAF also communicated that both semifinals will now be played in Yaounde with the one in Doula switched to the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium on February 2nd at 10 pm EAT.

The other semi final that was meant to be played at Olembe Stadium has not been changed.

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