The unfortunate incident, described as one of the darkest days in Angolan football, happened on Friday, 10 February 2017, during the opening day of the 2017 Girabola (Angola Premier League) between home team, Santa Rita de Cassia and Recreativo do Libolo in the northwestern town of Uige.
“We have learnt with dismay and immense sadness the passing away of 17 football fans that were killed after a stampede broke out at a stadium in the town of Uige, in northern Angola, while many other fans were also wounded, during a game between the Santa Rita de Cassia and Recreativo do Libolo football clubs.
“On behalf of the CAF Executive Committee and the entire African football family, and in my personal name, we would like to convey to the family of the deceased, to the Angolan Football family, and the Angolan people, our deepest condolences and sympathy following this tragic incident.
“CAF hopes that the Angola FA will fully investigate the matter and will take all required measures to protect football fans and all actors of our beautiful game, so as to ensure that no such incident happens in the future. CAF would be keen to receive any report on the matter.
“Rest assured that CAF is at your disposal should you wish any support in these difficult moments,” Hayatou said.
Meanwhile, the Angolan government has ordered an investigation into the tragedy.