At least eight people have died outside Cameroon’s African Cup of Nations game against Comoros in Yaounde. 38 other persons were injured in the crush ahead of the game played at Olembé Stadium with a capacity of 60,000. The stadium was only supposed to be 80 per cent full due to Covid restrictions, however 50,000 fans tried to attend the match, according to officials. Videos showed screaming fans being crushed at the entry gate to the stadium. Witnesses described chaotic scenes outside the ground as thousands of fans struggled to get access. Cameroon President Paul Biya has confirmed the launching of an enquiry into the incident, while the Confederation of African Football announced on Monday that they were beginning their own investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy, adding that a minute’s silence will be observed at future matches as a mark of respect to those who died.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria have crashed out of the ongoing African Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Tunisia knocked out Nigeria from the round of 16 stages of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Cameroon following a shock 1-0 victory thanks to a Youseff Msakni goal at the Roumde Adjia stadium in Garoua on Sunday. In the clash of the Eagles, the Carthage Eagles, who came into this encounter without several players and their coach due to COVID-19, emerged winners over the Super Eagles in a shock result.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will face the 2004 champions Tunisia who were beaten by the Gambia on Thursday but through to the next round has best group losers. The tricky fixture will be played on Sunday 23rd of January. It is no longer news that the Super Eagles topped their group, with a maximum of nine (9) points after winning all three matches and scoring six (6) goals in the process while conceding just one (1), which is from the spot-kick.
French Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembélé appears to have played his final game for the club and has been instructed to find a new employer before the end of the winter transfer window. Dembele who has refused to renew his contract that will be out in June 2022 has been told to leave and the club is hopeful of cashing in on the player for a cut-price deal this month rather than allow him to leave as a free agent after paying £105million (Could rise to £135m) to sign him from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.
Poland international Robert Lewandowski has been crowned the best men's player for the second time in a row after edging Argentine Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Egyptian Mohamed Salah of Liverpool. En route bagging his second FIFA best award, he became the first player in Bundesliga history to finish top scorer in four consecutive seasons.