Zimbabwe Republic Police spokesperson Paul Nyathi confirmed a woman died in a stampede as people scrambled to find their way into the National Sports Stadium for the final Afcon qualifying match between Zimbabwe and Congo yesterday.
Nyathi also confirmed two others were seriously injured and rushed to hospital. He said one was injured during the stampede while the other jumped into the stadium towards the end of the match. Nyathi said they are investigating the incidents. Said Nyathi:
We are saddened to confirm that a woman died today (yesterday) between 2pm and 3pm and two people were injured at the National Sports Stadium at the match between Zimbabwe and Congo. At Gate 3, there were problems with the ticket scanner and people became impatient since the match was about to start and they began pushing and shoving in trying to gain entrance. The woman who was in front fell down and was trampled upon by the mob. She was taken to a local hospital where she was confirmed dead after admission. We can also confirm that one person was injured during the stampede and was rushed to the hospital. His life is not in much danger. We also have a spectator who was injured and admitted to the hospital when he jumped into the stadium towards the end of the match and we have launched full investigations into the incidents.
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When contacted for a comment Zifa communication manager Xolisani Gwesela confirmed the incidents promising to release a full statement today.