Reports reveal that at least 17 people have been killed in a stampede at a football stadium in the northern Angolan city of Uige, according to local officials.
Hundreds more were left injured when supporters stormed the gates after failing to gain access.
A number of them who fell were trapped and suffocated at the venue on Friday, a medical practitioner confirmed.
Witnesses said that the crowd was trying to gain access but the venue could not accomodate more than 8,000 spectators.The crowd would have taken the stadium past its capacity.
The match was pitting Santa Rita de Cassia who were hosting Recreativo do Libolo in a first division league match.
“Some people had to walk on top of others. There were a total 76 casualties, of whom 17 among them died.”This is according to Ernesto Luis, director general of the local hospital.
Five of those injured are reported to be in critical condition.Angolan and Portuguese media report that some of the dead are children.
A statement on Recreativo de Libolo’s website named it “a tragedy without precedent in the history of Angolan football”. Supporter Domingos Vika, 35, stated that the entrance was already parked when more people began pouring into the stadium.
“When the opportunity was given for everyone to come in, we were all crowded at the gate,” said Mr Vika, who left the venue with a fructured hand.
Angola’s President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has given an order for an investigation to be carried out on the the incident, local media reports.
However,the home side Santa Rita de Cassia lost 0-1 to the guests Recreativo do Libolo.