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Stadium stampede kills at least one during AFCON qualifying

Madagascar v Namibia - IRB 2015 Rugby Cup Qualifier

ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR - JULY 06: Theuns Kotze of Namibia kicks a conversion during the Rugby World Cup 2015 qualifying match between Madagascar and Namibia at the Mahamasina Stadium on July 6, 2014 in Antananarivo, Madagascar. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

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A mad rush to get into a stadium in Madagascar has led to death of at least one spectator and injuries to over 30 more.

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The Stade de Mahamasina uses only one entrance. That’s a fatal flaw that should’ve been remedied long ago, and the stadium also saw two fans die and many more injured during a 2005 stampede to get into an already packed building.

The Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match went ahead as scheduled between Senegal and Madagascar. From the BBC:

Thousands of spectators were still trying to get into the stadium through the only entrance.

Two of those hurt are in a critical condition in the capital, Antananarivo.

Unfortunately, as the BBC notes, stadium stampedes are not a rarity.

The match finished 2-2, with Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Stoke City’s Mame Diouf scoring for Senegal.

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