At least eight people have been killed and dozens greater injured in a crush out of doors an Africa Cup of Nations soccer in shape in Cameroon.
Videos showed crowds of screaming football lovers being overwhelmed at the access gates to the Paul Biya stadium in the capital Yaounde.
Witnesses described chaotic scenes outdoor the floor as lots of fans struggled to get get entry to.
Of the 38 individuals who were injured, seven are in a severe circumstance.
One infant is the various lifeless, in keeping with officials quoted by using the AFP news business enterprise.
The stadium has a ability of 60,000, however due to Covid regulations it become now not supposed to be greater than 80% complete for the game on Monday.
Match officers have been quoted as saying that a few 50,000 humans have been looking to attend.
Danish journalist Buster Emil Kirchner informed the BBC he saw "plenty of chaos" by means of the stadium's gates as enthusiasts clamoured to go into the ground.
It become stressful - people strolling, humans climbing fences, human beings breaking thru the barricades," he said, adding he noticed many humans without tickets trying to "pressure themselves in".
Journalist Leocadia Bongben advised the BBC's Newsday programme that she noticed commotion coming from one of the fan zone regions out of doors the stadium.
People started out shouting. A minute after that an ambulance came to the stadium, however when we got to the area the police might not permit us to get near where the stampede changed into," she said.
It's in reality quite a sad scenario that people cross to observe a sport and they come to be loss of life there."
Nick Cavell, a manufacturer for BBC Africa, became on the match and stated information of the crush did not seem to filter thru to the crowd until there were reviews on social media.
Discarded shoes and different debris turned into strewn around the doorway of the stadium, he said.
Nurse Olinga Prudence instructed the Associated Press that a number of the injured had been in a "desperate circumstance".
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) stated in a announcement that it was investigating the state of affairs.
The closing sixteen suit between Cameroon and Comoros befell notwithstanding the incident and ended with a 2-1 win for the hosts.