Malawi Independence Day tragedy shocks FIFA

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The world football governing body FIFA has expressed shock over the stampede that led to the death of 8 people and left over 40 injured on 6 July in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe.

In a letter issued to FAM, FIFA president Gianni Infantino has condoled the country’s football fraternity over the incident that occurred when people were jostling to among others watch a football match at Bingu Stadium on Independence Day.

7 children die in stampede Malawi

Mutharika visiting victims of the stampede

“Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who have died, as well as the injured victims, and the international football family extends its greatest sympathy to them at this cruel moment in time,” says the Fifa boss in the letter.

“We hope that this message of solidarity may, in some small way be a source of support and comfort.”

President of Confederation of African Football (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad and his COSAFA counterpart Philip Chiyangwa also sent their messages of comfort last week.

Recently, President Peter Mutharika instituted a taskforce to establish the cause of the incident.

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