Cameroonian striker Albert Ebossé has died after being hit in the head by an object thrown from the stands during an Algerian league game.
The 24-year-old was fatally struck by a projectile at the end of his club JS Kabylie’s meeting with USM Alger in Tizi Ouzou, reports Guardian UK.
Kabylie said in a statement: “The Ministry of Interior and Local Government, through minister Tayeb Belaiz, has given the instruction to open an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Albert Ebossé.
“The JSK player succumbed to a head injury after being hit in the head at the end of the meeting with USM Alger.”
Ebossé had scored Kabylie’s goal in a match that finished as a 2-1 home defeat to USM Alger.
Reacting to the news of Ebossé’s death, USM Alger said in a statement: “JS Kabylie’s Cameroonian striker has lost his life after being hit in the head by something launched from the stands.
“This terrible news is saddening for football in our nation and in Cameroon and arrives like a bombshell just hours after the meeting with USM Alger which was played in Tizi Ouzou.
“In these painful circumstances, USM Alger and its members send their deepest condolences to the family of the deceased and to JS Kabylie. May Albert Ebossé rest in peace.”
Ebossé played for Coton Sport FC, Unisport Bafang and Douala AC in his homeland before moving to the Malaysian club Perak FA in 2012. He signed for JS Kabylie in July 2013.