Albert Ebosse, 25, a Cameroonian soccer player playing for JS Kabylie in the Algerian league, died after being hit by one of the objects thrown by fans following a loss to USM Alger Saturday night, BBC News reported. The Confederation of African Football is seeking “appropriate scanctions” against the individuals who threw the objects.
“African football cannot be the breeding ground for hooliganism whatsoever. We expect exemplary sanctions to be taken against this grave act of violence. Violence has no place in African football in particular and sports in general,” CAF president Issa Hayatou said in a statement. Hayatou offered his condolences to Ebosse’s friends and family.
In the match between JS Kabylie and USM Alger, in the former’s home stadium in Tizi Ouzou, east of Algiers, Ebosse scored a goal, but his team lost the match 2-1. As the teams were leaving the pitch, fans began throwing objects at the players and one projectile struck Ebosse in the head, BBC reported. The striker was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. There are conflicting reports about exactly what fans threw at the players: BBC reported an Algerian newspaper said they were throwing rocks, while the CAF said Ebosse was hit by a “missile.”
Ebosse was the leading scorer of the Algerian league during the 2013-2014 season, scoring 17 goals for JS Kabylie. Ebosse had nine career appearances for the Cameroon national team. The Algerian football league president, Mahfoud Kerbadj, attended the match and issued a statement following the death of Ebosse. Kerbadj said Ebosse was a talented player and announced a meeting with the league’s referees and its commisioner to investigate the incident.