The Guinean Football Federation on Monday, urged supporters of the sport to exercise caution in moments of celebrations at the AFCON to avoid deadly accidents
This comes after six people were reported killed while celebrating the country’s 1-0 win over Gambia at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) last week Friday.
The Guinean fans who were in high spirits after Aguibou Camara scored the only winning goal, took to the streets in the country’s capital Conakry to jubilate in cars and motorbikes.
Some fans perched on car bonnets, others hung losely on the motorcycles as the vehicles raced around town in wild excitement.
Unfortunately, tragedy struck after two vehicles moving at high speed collided fatally, killing some fans on the spot, and injuring many others.
Following the tragic incident, the Federation urged supporters to tone down the adrenaline rush during celebrations to avoid any further misfortunes.
Guinea will lock horns with Senegal in their final group match on Tuesday, January 23.
“What is important is that our fans and the public celebrate in a very measured fashion,” the Federation’s media manager Amadou Makadji said in an interview with BBC.
“They have to be very careful to not put themselves in danger, because the goal of football is 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,” Makadji said.