By Victor Kanayo
There was pandemonium in Yamoussoukro, a city in Cote d’ivoire, after a bus carrying majorly Journalists covering the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) crashed early Wednesday morning.
Heritage Times HT gathered that the bus travelled to Abidjan from Yamoussoukro where Sports Journalists had gone to cover two final group stage matches, including Senegal’s 2-0 victory over Guinea on Tuesday night.
Accident Near Media Centre
The AFCON bus crashed as it approached its final destination – the AFCON Main Media Centre in Abidjan.
The accident was said to have occurred around 2am local time.
According to local media, the bus veered off the road and hit the wall of a warehouse, leading to injury of some Journalists.
Reports said the injured were taken to the University Hospital Centre in Teichville, Abidjan.
A Nigerian journalist Oluwaseun Oyediji posted a photo of the bruises he sustained during the incident on X.
The driver and the bus coordinator were seriously injured. The latter, whose foot was stuck, was successfully rescued.
Jubilation in Nouakchott, Dejection in Algeria
Meanwhile, the streets of Nouakchott, capital of Mauritania, exploded in joyful celebration on Tuesday night after the country’s senior men national team pulled off a shocking 1-0 victory over two-time champions Algeria at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and earned a historic Round of 16 qualification.
The win is Mauritania’s first in the history of the AFCON and this is their third appearance in the African football showpiece after 2019 and 2021.
A 37th minute goal in Bouake by captain Mohamed Delllah Yaly helped the Group D outsiders grab one of four places reserved for third-placed finishers and condemned Algeria, champions in 1990 and 2019, to bottom place in the group stage for a second consecutive tournament.
Algeria, who were among the favourites for the title in Abidjan, have not won any AFCON match since the 2019 final.