Stadium stampede leaves at least 17 football fans dead and scores more injured

WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: The sickening incident happened on the first day of the new football league season

At least 17 people have been crushed to death at a football match in a stampede.

The horrifying incident in Angola happened on the first day of the new football season.

Sickening TV footage of the aftermath shows bodies lined up, presumably in a morgue.

At least 59 people are believed to have been injured in the carnage when hundreds of supporters stormed the venue's gates.

It is currently unclear which teams were playing in the match or exactly where it was held.

Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has ordered an investigation into the cause of a stampede

There was a massive crowd at the game

"I express my solidarity with the families of the deceased and have instructed the Provincial Government of Uige to provide all necessary assistance to the injured and have given guidance to the competent authorities to open an inquiry that will establish the cause of this serious incident," dos Santos said in a statement.

State news agency Angop said the Ministry of Sports has also asked the local football association and provincial authorities to investigate the cause of the incident.

Police and football officials were not available to comment.

The match between Santa Rita de Cassia and Libolo was part of Angola's first division championship.

Witnesses said that the stampede happened as a large crowd tried to enter the stadium, which would have taken the venue past its 8,000 capacity.

 

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