Football player and coach killed in horror bus crash in Algeria

Football player and coach killed in horror bus crash in Algeria

A football player and coach were killed in a horror bus crash in Algeria, prompting the national football federation to postpone all games in the country.

The Algerian state news agency said the accident killed top-flight side Mouloudia El Bayadh goalkeeper Zakaria Bouziani, 27, and assistant coach Khalid Muftah.

The bus carrying the team overturned in the town of Sougueur in northwestern Algeria while en route to Tizi Ouzou to face JSK Kabylie in a league game on Friday, according to local media. 

The club said on Facebook that other injured members, which totalled 10, were in stable condition.

Football player and coach killed in horror�bus�crash in Algeria

‘In the wake of the painful tragedy that befell Algerian football … the Algerian Football Federation (Faf) decided to suspend all football activities scheduled for the end of this week across the entire country,’ the federation said in a statement.

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune added in another statement that he received the news of the tragedy with ‘great pain and sorrow’, offering his condolences to the families of the victims.

Bouziani, a stand-in goalkeeper, made two league appearances this season.

The 27-year-old, who was an unused substitute during last Friday’s 1-1 draw with USM Alger, had also represented fellow Algerian Ligue 1 sides JS Saoura and NC Magra in his career.  

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