The world of African football is in mourning once again following the latest tragedy to hit the continental game, after eight football fans were killed when a wall collapsed during the Senegalese League Cup final on Saturday.
A further 49 supporters were reportedly injured following a panicked stampede for the exists after police had fired tear gas to disperse the crowd after fights between rival groups of fans.
The match between Stade de Mbour and US Ouakam – which was taking place at Dakar’s Stade Demba Diop – had finished 1-1 after 90 minutes, but the former had taken the lead with an extra-time goal, prompting the disturbance.
Uganda boss Milutin Sredojevic and former Chelsea and Senegal frontman Demba Ba were among some of the high-profile personalities of African football to have paid their tributes to the victims of the disaster.
Une pensée aux victimes, Venus assister à un match de foot. Le football au Senegal doit se (re)structurer en profondeur #ForceAuxFamilles https://t.co/vskxFvcDEO — Ricardo Faty (@rickyfaty) July 16, 2017
Sincere condolences after sad news about stampede where 8 football fans died at Demba Diop stadium in Dakar.UG Cranes trained recently there pic.twitter.com/6Q28NuydQm — MICHOcoach (@michocoach) July 16, 2017
Il est temps que l'argent qui nous est donné par millions de $ par les grandes institutions du foot soit utilisé pour refaire nos stade. RIP https://t.co/PmTPsO4f6N — Demba Ba (@dembabafoot) July 16, 2017
Triste de voir le drame qui vient de frapper le stade Demba diop a dakar.la violence n'a pas sa place dans le sport — modou sougou (@papesougou) July 16, 2017