Cameroonian footballer Albert Ebossé died after he was hit by an object thrown from the crowd following his team's loss in the Algerian championship on Saturday.
Ebossé, 24, was declared dead after he was rushed to hospital.
The Cameroonian player had scored JS Kabylie’s only goal as it lost, 2-1, at home to USM Alger in Tizi Ouzou, a city 120 kilometres east of the capital, Algiers.
Disgruntled home fans had started hurling objects as the players were leaving the pitch after the match.
The Ministry of Interior and Local Government promptly announced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the player’s death.
The young striker was the top scorer in the Algerian league last season with 17 goals.
Albert Dominique Ebossé Bodjongo Dika played internationally for Cameroon’s under-20 and national B teams. He began his career playing for his hometown team Douala Athletic Club. He also played for Coton Sport and Unisport Bafang before joining Perak FA in Malaysia in 2012. He moved to JS Kabylie in 2013.
USM Alger, Saturday’s opposing team, said in a statement: “This terrible news is saddening for football in our nation and in Cameroon and arrives like a bombshell. May Albert Ebossé rest in peace.”
Damaging to Algeria’s bid
The tragedy came as Algeria bid to replace Libya as host of the 2017 African Cup of Nations, which withdrew on Saturday.
The 2017 host must come from North Africa, and Algeria had already announced bids to host either the 2019 or the 2021 competitions.
Algerian football, like in many countries, has a history of violence.
A policeman was killed at a match in 2012. Later that year, 45 people, including 32 police officers, were injured after fans invaded the pitch in Meridja during a match between the home team, JS Saoura, and USM El Harrach.
Issa Hayatou, the president of the African Football Confederation, reacted strongly Saturday by calling for members to take action fan violence.
"African football cannot be the breeding ground for hooliganism whatsoever,” he said. ”Violence has no place in African football in particular and sports in general."
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)
Date created : 2014-08-24