Madagascar barred from using national stadium

A recent stampede at the Mahamasina Municipal Stadium killed one and injured 41. (AFP pic)

ANTANANARIVO: Madagascar must find a new home venue for Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Equatorial Guinea and Sudan after being barred from using the national stadium over a deadly stampede.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced disciplinary measures on Friday after one person was killed and 41 injured ahead of a Cup of Nations match against Senegal this month.

A CAF statement said the national team are barred for using the Mahamasina Municipal Stadium in the capital, Antananarivo, for “three matches or three months”.

With no other home fixtures planned, the Cup of Nations Group A qualifiers against Equatorial Guinea in October and Sudan in November will be affected.

The Malagasy national football federation was also fined US$10,000 (RM41,000).

Insufficient entry points to the 40,000-seat stadium was blamed for a crush that triggered the death and injuries.

The qualifier against Senegal for the 2019 Cup of Nations in Cameroon went ahead and Madagascar equalised twice to force a 2-2 draw.