A Comorian football enthusiast has passed away, according to his relatives on Tuesday. He was shot by security personnel stopping a crowd of fans from storming the stadium prior to a World Cup qualifier.
Fahad Moindze, 21, passed away at a Tanzanian hospital after being airlifted there last Thursday due to a head wound, according to a family who spoke to AFP.
Before a match against Ghana on November 21, according to the authorities, several fans attempted to force their way into Malouzini stadium in Moroni. In the match, Comoros unexpectedly won 1-0.
According to government spokesman Houmed Msaidie, last week’s “unfortunate” event was brought on by the “accidental handling” of a firearm when security personnel were called in in response to several people attempting to access the stadium.
A press conference regarding the issue was scheduled by the interior ministry.
The official Comoros national team fan group posted on Facebook to express its condolences to Moindze’s family and to report the tragedy to the authorities.
Anger at the tragedy was felt by many in the 900,000-person nation located in the Indian Ocean archipelago.
Lawyer Djamal El-Dine Bacar posted on Facebook, saying that “police blunders must go unpunished.”
Nadia Tourqui, who posts on behalf of a civil society organization, wrote, “Yet another victim of incompetence and inhumanity.”