Naby Keita’s cousin among the 9 dead persons as the Guinean club Etoile de Guinee’s bus crashed on Thursday, while 18 are injured.
Once again tragedy struck World football, as a bus of Guinean club Etoile de Guinee got crashed on Thursday, till now there are reported 9 dead and 18 injured people.
According to the AS, the casualties included Almamy Keita, the cousin of Liverpool star midfielder Naby Keita. The accident, which took place in Timbo, around 250 kilometres from the Guinean capital of Conakry.
Étoile de Guinée, who play in the second tier of Guinean league football, was travelling to the city of Kankan to face Karifamoriah. According to the Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, there were 27 people on board: 22 players, four backroom-team members and the driver.
After the incident, Ligue Guinéene de Football Professionnel released a statement condemning the deaths caused by the accident. Meanwhile, it also released the list of players who died in the crash.
Speaking to Guineematin.com, Étoile de Guinée manager d’Abdourahmane Condé said: “We were going downhill when the coach’s brakes suddenly gave way.
“There were three corners; the driver somehow managed to negotiate the first two, but there was nothing he could do about the third. He lost control of the vehicle and it crashed into a tree.” he further said.
Whereas, Keita also reacted on social media after knowing about the tragedy. Naby Keita wrote: “I am shocked, sad and heartbroken at this terrible news.”
“My sincere condolences to the #etoiledeguinee team and to Guinean football, may their souls rest in peace.” Although, Keita is yet to write or speak about his familial loss.
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Before this, Keita was set to return into the first team after he missed matches against Watford and Chelsea with a hip injury, but this news can delay his return into the squad.