8 die in Malawi following stampede in football stadium

8 die in Malawi following stampede in football stadium

- A stampede occurred prior to a football match in Malawi which led to the death of eight people

- The incident took place in Lilongwe's Bingu national stadium as a about 40 people were injured

- The tragic event reportedly took place as thousands of people tried to find seats ahead of a friendly between Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers

A stampede occurred prior to a football match in Malawi which led to the death of 8 people including 7 children, NAIJ.com gathered.

The incident happened in Lilongwe's Bingu national stadium as about 40 people were seriously injured due to the sad event.

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The tragic event reportedly took place as thousands of people tried to find seats ahead of a friendly between Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers.

Reports reaching NAIJ.com says the gates at the 40,000-capacity stadium were supposed to open for free entrance but was delayed for about three hours.

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However, thousands of people had already turned up for the match and some forced their way which led to the stampede.

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The game was held as part of events to mark the 53rd anniversary of Malawi's independence from British colonial rule.

The Malawian President Peter Mutharika has sent his condolences to the families of the causalities as he promised his government will do everything to help the victim's family.

NAIJ.com reported that a referee was attacked in Kwekwe town by football fans after he allowed an offside goal in Zimbabwe.

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Source: Sports.naij.com

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