Albert Ebosse Bodjongo, Cameroonian Soccer Player, Killed During Game
Albert Ebossé Bodjongo, the striker from Cameroon, was struck in the head with an object thrown from the stands after a losing match against the Algerian national team; the strike killed him. Both teams were heading back toward the locker room when Bodjongo was hit with a still unnamed object (though rumored to be a jagged rock) that had been clearly thrown from the crowd. The Algerian team won the home game 2-1, with Bodjongo scoring the only goal for his team.
After his death was announced, the Algerian team released a statement on their website:
“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.”
Tayeb Belaiz, Algeria's minister of the interior has opened an investigation pursuing the the identity of the fan that threw the item. Bodjongo was 24 years old.