NAIROBI -Seven Kenyan football fans were killed Saturday when crowds jostled to enter a stadium in the capital Nairobi where historical rival teams clashed in a premier league fixture.
Crowds were pushing their way to get into Nairobiâ€™s Nyayo National Stadium where two separate gates were open for the rival supporters on Saturday evening, trampling on the victims.
â€œOur emergency rescue teams are on the ground and they have been able to confirm the deaths of six people whose bodies have been found outside the stadium. They are five male and a female,â€ said Titus Mungâ€™ou, the Kenya Red Cross spokesman.
â€œWe are also confirming that another person has succumbed to injuries at the Kenyatta National Hospital,â€ he added.
The match between rivals Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards ended in a 1-0 win for Gor Mahia.
In 2005, at least one person was trampled to death during a World Cup qualifier between Kenya and Morocco at the 35,000-capacity Nyayo National Stadium, leading to a two-year FIFA ban.
The stadium was eventually limited to 25,000 people.
Stampede kills 7 Kenya soccer fans