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AFCON 2021: CAF takes decision on cancelling tournament

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has rejected suggestions for the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations to be cancelled or postponed.

These calls were made after the deadly stadium stampede at the Stade d’Olembe on Monday.

The incident led to the deaths of at least eight people, with over 40 injured.

CAF insists the AFCON can be a force for healing in Cameroon.

“The issue was whether we should postpone [Tuesday’s] matches, and it’s an important question.

“From my side, I cannot just consult, but also listen to the guidance of various stakeholders.

“The conclusion was that we should observe a moment of silence, and with regards to [Tuesday’s] matches, it was an issue to discuss and consider.

“However, it’s incredible how, even among those who are injured, two said to me that they can’t wait to get out of hospital and go to the stadium.

“I’ve seen the passion, the absolute passion of the people of Cameroon and their love for football; it brings people together, and the passion for football in this country is entrenched and deep-rooted,” CAF President, Dr Patrice Motsepe, told reporters.

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