Council of Southern African Football Associations and Zimbabwe Football Association President, Dr Phillip Chiyangwa has conveyed commiserations to the Angolan football family following the death of 17 people during a stampede prior to a football match.
Speaking to www.zifa.org.zw, Dr Chiyangwa expressed shock at the unfortunate accident which even claimed lives of children.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of the 17 fans who were trampled on Friday in Angola.
“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,” Dr Chiyangwa said.
The COSAFA President further underscored the need for responsible authorities to implement crowd control systems to avoid loss of lives at football events.
“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.
The stampede which claimed 17 lives and left scores injured occurred before a match between Santa Rita de Cassia and Recreativo de Libolo when fans rushed to one entrance point, leading to the trampling, injury and death of others.