Saturday, February 24, 2018

Tragedy at Algeria match

Cameroonian footballer Albert Ebosse has died after being hit by an object which was thrown from the crowd at a league match in Algeria on Saturday.

The 24-year-old JS Kabylie player was fatally struck on the head at the end of his team’s 2-1 loss to USM Alger in Tizi Ouzou. Ebosse had earlier equalised from the penalty spot before USM Alger scored a late winner.

JS Kabylie confirmed Ebosse’s death in a statement on the club’s website and revealed that an investigation has been opened.

It read: “The Ministry of Interior and Local Government, speaking through minister Tayeb Belaiz, has given an instruction to open an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Albert Ebosse. “The JSK player succumbed to a head injury after being hit in the head at the end of the meeting with USM Alger.”

And the Confederation of African Football says action must be taken after Ebosse’s tragic death. CAF president Issa Hayatou said: “My thoughts go out to the family and friends of this young man, who enjoyed his job peacefully and went further to pursue his passion for football abroad.

“African football cannot be the breeding ground for hooliganism whatsoever. We expect exemplary sanctions to be taken against this grave act of violence.”

Ebosse played for Coton Sport FC, Unisport Bafang and Douala AC in his homeland before moving to Malaysian club Perak FA in 2012, and then joined JS Kabylie in July last year.