By Brian Mboh – Cameroon
Wednesday’s Indomitable Lions 6 pm training session at the Olembe Annex B stadium, was marked by the presence of the Olembe stampede victims.
Four survivors (all women) came to show their support and gratitude to captain Vincent Aboubakar and mates ahead of their crucial 2021 Africa Cup of Nations semifinals encountered against Egypt on Thursday.
In the presence of the president of the Cameroon Football Federation, Samuel Eto’o, the victims extended their heartfelt gratitude to the FA boss for making the dream of communicating with the entire national team come through.
One of the victims Dalida Ebodjam, a level two student from the University of Buea, talked on behalf of the victims: “We are grateful for the warm words received this evening from the entire Indomitable Lions especially from captain Vincent Aboubakar.”
“And to president Samuel Eto’o, we say thank you for the services rendered to us. Our physical presence this evening is to galvanize our players and make them know despite the unfortunate event that occurred, we remind strongly behind them.”
She added: “We are Cameroonian for life and it’s our duty to support our nation. We are feeling better now as you can see from our physical look.”
“My message to the entire Cameroonian public is that every family or nation has problems. We have to shy away from being judgemental when such an unfortunate event takes place.”
“The most important thing to do is to stay focused and think about the necessary preventive measures for such an accident not to repeat itself,” Ebodjam noted.
The visit to the Cameroonian camp comes a day after the team had donated USD86,000 to the victims in the hospital.
The package that was delivered by Eto’o was their winning bonus for the Round of 16 game against Comoros.
The semifinal tie against Egypt will be the first game to be played at the Olembe Stadium since the Stampede claimed eight lives as 38 were rushed to hospital with injuries.
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