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6 Guinea fans die while celebrating AFCON victory

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Six Guinean supporters lost their lives while celebrating their country’s first victory at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

Jubilant Guinea fans took to the streets around the country after a victory that put coach Kaba Diawara’s side on the brink of reaching the knockout rounds at the tournament in Ivory Coast

The Guinean Football Federation, Feguifoot, made this known to BBC.

Guinea defeated The Gambia 1-0 in their second group game in Ivory Coast on Friday night, igniting wild celebrations across the West African nation.

While speaking to BBC Africa Sport, Feguifoot media manager, Amadou Makadji, said their supporters and the public celebrated in a lively manner.

“What is important is that our fans and the public celebrate in a very measured fashion.

“They have to be very careful not to put themselves in danger, because football aims to bring joy and not leave families bereaved. We do not want deaths to mourn, so we call on everyone to celebrate but to take care of themselves so that nothing happens to them.

“Guinea is a country where people are very, very passionate about football and they experience football like nowhere else in the world,” he said.

 

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