By Victor Kanayo
League matches in Algeria have been suspended after a fatal bus accident killed the goalkeeper and assistant coach of Algeria’s top club MC Elp Bayadh.
The latest decision means games for this weekend will not take place.
This was disclosed by the National President of Algerian Football Federation, Walid Sadia, via a press statement on Thursday.
Sadia said, “It is with immense sadness that I learned of the tragic road accident that left the club in mourning. MC El-Bayadh, a professional team in Ligue 1 Mobilis, has been struck by the loss of two of its members.
“As a gesture of respect, the federation has decided to suspend all football activities throughout the country for the entire weekend, including various leagues and competitions.
“Furthermore, the draw for the next round of Algeria’s primary cup competition, originally planned for December 26, will be rescheduled for a later date.”
Ten other players from the squad were injured in the accident as the team travelled north to Tizi Ouzou for their weekend fixture against JS Kabylie.
The federation said the bus crashed in Tiaret, about 150 kilometres (90 miles) from the Mediterranean coast.
However, no specific details regarding the cause of the accident have been provided.