In a resounding chorus, the cheers of Guinean fans reverberated throughout Africa, celebrating their hard-earned triumph over Gambia in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). However, the joyous aftermath turned somber when six fans lost their lives in a series of tragic incidents during the celebratory revelry.
The historic 1-1 draw with Cameroon had ignited nationwide celebrations in Conakry, the Guinean capital, as fans spilled onto the streets. Regrettably, the festivities took a devastating turn, leading to road accidents and collisions that claimed six lives.
Pascal Feindouno, a former Guinean star and ex-Al Nassr player, stepped forward with a crucial plea for safety amid the jubilation.
In a heartfelt message to his fellow countrymen and women, Feindouno implored, “Support the country, but don’t do anything to kill each other. Stay calm – thank you.”
The 42-year-old’s plea highlights the sobering reality behind the celebrations.
The Guinean soccer federation (Feguifoot) reported the tragic incidents, shedding light on the darker side of the historic victory. Amadou Makadji, Feguifoot media manager, emphasized the importance of responsible fan behavior, stating, “We call on everyone to celebrate but to take care of themselves so that nothing happens to them.”
As Guinea prepares to face defending AFCON champions Senegal in their final group-stage match, the nation grapples with the true cost of their victory.
The call for calm now resonates with the well-being of a nation that wears its colors with pride, urging fans to prioritize safety during moments of triumph and joy.