About 30 fans reportedly died while watching Manchester United’s second leg quarter-final clash against Anderlecht.
About 30 fans reportedly died while watching Manchester United’s second leg quarter-final clash against Anderlecht on Thursday.
The death occurred when a transformer close to the viewing centre exploded, causing a tension cable to fall into the viewing centre, electrocuting about 30 people.
The NFF in a statement commiserated with government and people of Cross River State Government on the deaths.
“We mourn with the Government of Cross River State, our affiliate the Cross River State Football Association, the good people of Cross River State and the families and friends of the deceased football fans,” NFF General Secretary Dr Mohammed Sanusi said in the statement.
“We pray that God Almighty will grant their souls eternal rest and also grant their loved ones and the Government and people of Cross River State the fortitude to bear the big loss.
“We are much pained by this unfortunate incident because football is a game of peace that brings joy and excitement to the whole of humanity.”
In his own reaction, Buhari said he is shocked and saddened by the deaths.
Manchester United via their official Twitter account sent out a condolence message to those who were affected by the tragedy.
“The President offers his deepest condolences to the family and friends of the mostly young victims, whose sudden demise is a big blow not only to their families but also to the football-loving nation,” Buhari said in a statement.
“He prays that God Almighty will grant the souls of the departed eternal rest and comfort all who mourn their irreparable loss."
Police in Calabar continue to insist that only seven people died and 11 injured from the incident although witnesses and local reports say more.
Manchester United have also released a statement reacting to the tragic incident.