Six Guinean fans die in wild car and motorbike celebrations after beating Gambia at Africa Cup of Nations… as FA urges fans to be more ‘measured’

Guinea’s football federation has called for calm after six fans died celebrating the country’s victory over Gambia at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Aguibou Camara scored the only goal to give Guinea a narrow 1-0 victory on Friday, boosting their chances of progressing to the knockout stages of the tournament.

The win led to fans in Guinea’s capital Conakry taking to the streets to celebrate in cars and motorbikes.

Agence France Presse reported that three people died in a high-speed collision between two vehicles, while others were injured in traffic accidents.

Some fans are said to have celebrated by sitting on the bonnets of cars in the capital.

The Guinean Football Federation urged fans to celebrate the victory in a measured way

Aguibou Camara scored the only goal in Guinea’s 1-0 win against Gambia on Friday

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Guinea Football Federation media manager Amadou Makadji told the BBC that six people had been confirmed dead during the celebrations.

The country’s FA urged fans to celebrate in a measured way to avoid another tragedy.

«The important thing is that our fans and the public celebrate in a very measured way,» Feguifoot media manager Amadou Makadji told BBC Sport Africa.

“They have to be very careful not to put themselves in danger because the goal of football is to bring joy and not leave families sad.

«We don’t want death to be mourned, so we encourage everyone to celebrate but take care of themselves so that nothing happens to them.

«Guinea is a country where people are very, very passionate about football and experience football like nowhere else in the world.»

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Guinean legend Pascal Feindouno, who helped the national team to three consecutive quarter-finals between 2004 and 2008, joined the calls for calm.

Feindouno argued that news of fan deaths could destabilize the team and urged the public to ‘support the country but not do anything to kill each other or themselves’.

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Guinea are currently second in their AFCON group with three points, one point behind leaders and defending champions Senegal.

Five-time winners Cameroon are third with one point, while The Gambia are in last place, yet to get off the mark.

Guinea face Senegal on Tuesday as they look to secure a place in the knockout stages.

The top two are certain to advance from the group, but even third place could be enough to advance.

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