Chiyangwa vows to examine stadium security after Soweto Derby tragedy

Dr. Phillip Chiyangwa Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Dr. Phillip Chiyangwa, President of the Zimbabwean Football Association and the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations, has vowed to examine stadium security in the region after two fans died at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Two supporters were killed in a stampede during the Carling Black Label Cup final between Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, a tragedy which overshadowed South African football's traditional curtain raiser.

It was yet another stain on the continental game, with stadium tragedies an all-too familiar affliction in African football.

"Football fans form the nucleus of the game and they are very vital," said Chiyangwa, in a statement sent to the South Africa Football Association. "With this in mind, we will continue to look at stadium security in the region with a critical eye with a view to making stadia safe for everybody.

"We are deeply saddened and shocked by the loss of two lives on Saturday in South Africa," the regional football chief continued. "We are with the families of the deceased during these difficult moments.

"May you find comfort in the arms of the Lord.

"On behalf of COSAFA, ZIFA and on my own behalf, I would like to send my sincere condolences to the families, SAFA and wish a speedy recovery to the injured."

Saturday's final was allowed to continue despite the deaths - a decision which has drawn some criticism - with Chiefs winning after Bernard Parker's 10th-minute goal.