Courtesy of Match Day reporter – Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) boss Philip Chiyangwa has sent his condolence messages to the Angolan football fraternity after the tragic death of fans in a stampede that saw 17 people dead.
In a match involving Angolan domestic league teams Santa Rita de Cassia and Recreativo de Libolo on Friday several were left dead whilst 56 were injured among them children in what has come as a shock to the football family.
Concerned ZIFA President Dr Chiyangwa highlighted that the news of this horrific event was not only a loss to Angola but to the world in general and Africa in particular.
“ We are deeply saddened by the death of the 17 fans who were trampled in Angola on Friday. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased in this time of grieving. May the souls of the dearly departed rest in eternal peace and we also wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured,” said Chiyangwa.
While the loss has been attributed to a number of factors including local police’s failure to control crowds among other issues Dr Chiyangwa said the Angolan case called for authorities in Africa and Zimbabwe in particular to be always on the look for such unfortunate eventualities.
“Going forward, we should guard against the recurrence of such tragedies through the establishment and effective implementation of crowd management systems. Football should be about celebration and not mourning,” he added.