Following the death of eight people – including seven children – in a stampede at Lilongwe’s Bingu National Stadium in Malawi on Thursday, the President of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), Musa Bility, has sent a message of condolence to the Malawi Football Association.
The stampede happened as thousands of people rushed for seats ahead of a friendly between top sides Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers, according to the BBC.
The BBC also reported that dozens more were injured in the incident.
Mr. Bility in his message to the president of the Football Association of Malawi, Walter Nyamilandu, and the Government and People of Malawi expressed deep sympathy and regret over the deaths of the football fans who had gone to take part in the beautiful game.
“It is very saddening that such an incident occurred when people were gathered to celebrate and it sent (chills down the spines) of those of us in the football world when such massive loss occurs as a result of people wanting to show their passion for a wonderful sport that binds all races together.”
Mr. Bility said in his own name and on behalf of member clubs, executives, and affiliates prayed for God’s divine guidance and solace as the people of Malawi mourn their loss.
The football match was being held as part of events to mark the 53rd anniversary of Malawi’s independence from British colonial rule, and Nyasa Big Bullets won 2-1.