ANTANANARIVO Antananarivo (Xinhua) --
One person was killed and 47 others injured on
Sunday in a stampede before a soccer match in Madagascar’s
capital, Antananarivo, authorities said.
occurred at Mahamasina stadium, where host Madagascar played
against Senegal for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN)
“One person was
killed and 47 others were injured,” Madagascar Acting President
Rivo Rakotovao said at a local hospital where the injured were
treated. “We took a lesson on the organization of such an
The two teams drew
2-2. Both now have 4 points each.
This match was
important for Madagascar, which has never qualified for the CAN
and has never played in CAN finals, the coach of the Malagasy
national team, Nicolas Dupuis, told Xinhua after the match.
stadium was packed with supporters of Malagasy team. A long
queue could be seen eight hours before the kickoff of the match.
“The person who died
has a trauma on his head,” the director of Joseph HJRA hospital,
Olivat Rakoto, told Xinhua.