LUANDA Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has requested an investigation into the bring about of a stampede at a football match in which at least 17 men and women ended up killed.
Scores of men and women ended up wounded in the stampede at a stadium in the northern town of Uige on Friday when hundreds of supporters stormed the venue’s gates.
“I express my solidarity with the households of the deceased and have instructed the Provincial Authorities of Uige to provide all important aid to the wounded and have provided guidance to the competent authorities to open up an inquiry that will set up the bring about of this really serious incident,” dos Santos reported in a statement late on Friday.
Condition information company Angop reported the Ministry of Sports has also requested the local football association and provincial authorities to look into the bring about of the incident.
Law enforcement and football officers ended up not available to comment.
The match involving Santa Rita de Cássia and Libolo was part of Angola’s first division championship.
Witnesses instructed Reuters on Friday that the stampede took place as a huge group tried using to enter the stadium, which would have taken the location past its eight,000 ability.
(Reporting by Herculano Coroado Writing by Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo Editing by Louise Ireland)