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Africa Cup organizers change venue for 3 knockout matches

The organizers of the Africa Cup of Nations have announced that they are changing venues for two quarter-final matches and one of the semi-finals.

One of the quarter-finals scheduled for Sunday has been moved from Yaoundé’s Olembe stadium across town to the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium after eight people were killed in an accident away from Olembe during the game of the round of 16 between Cameroon and Comoros on Monday. A total of 38 other people were injured and seven of them were in serious condition in hospital. The Confederation of African Football had already indicated that it would take this match away from the Olembe.

But CAF also said they are moving another quarter-final and semi-final from Japoma Stadium in Douala to Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium.

This gave no reason to move these two games, but there were complaints from teams about the state of the pitch in Douala.

CAF has not announced a decision on the other semi-final, which is to take place at the Olembe stadium. He said that would depend on the findings of an investigation into the deadly stampede, which was blamed on security breaches at the stadium.

CAF said they must review this report before the semi-final can take place at Olembe next Thursday. The Olembe’s hosting of the Africa Cup final on February 6 is also uncertain and will depend on the results of the investigation.

CAF said it also requires “the assurance and guarantee that appropriate and adequate interventions and measures have been implemented to ensure that a similar incident will not occur at the Olembe stadium”.

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