Algerian Hoologanism has stopped Cameroonian striker, Albert Ebosse from living his dream of integrating the national team.
Ebosse who hailed from the Littoral region died during the Algerian championship game pitting JS Kabiyle against UMS Alger.
An object thrown from the stands hit Ebosse in the head causing injuries that eventually led to his death.
His former coach at Unisport of Bafang and Astres of Douala, Alexandre Belinga who says he was probably the last person the player spoke to, regrets the incident.
“He was more than a player to me, like a son, besides guiding him through his career, I also advised him on his personal life.
“I spoke with him at 11:00am and he promised to call and give me the result of the game, instead his death was announced, I am devastated”.
Late Ebosse according to his mentor called to congratulate him for his appointment as one of the assistant coaches in the Cameroon national team.
He told the player it was unimaginable that he was the best player of the 2013 Algerian championship, with 17 goals and was not called to the national team promising to bring him to the national team.
“At a time when his career was reaching the peak, he is stopped, killed, I am sad”.
He says at the level of the family, investigations would have to be carried out to identify the culprit whose place is not in a football field. Sanctions would have to be meted out to the club concerned.
For Belinga this is state issue between Cameroon and Algeria, necessitating that certain measures be taken.
The repatriation of the corpse would not be done in a hurry as an autopsy would have to be carried out, insurance issues sorted.
The Cameroon Football Federation has reacted on their Facebook page.
“On behalf of the FECAFOOT, the President Pr Joseph Owona addresses his deepest condolences to the family of Mr Albert Ebosse, a young Cameroonian player of JS Kabylie, who was killed yesterday (Saturday) while playing a match with his club in Algeria”.
The federation stated that the Football Family and nation mourn the loss of such a young talent, viciously killed while living his dream of playing football, the game of peace, respect and fair play.
“Pr Joseph Owona asures his Algerian counterpart, Mr Mohamed Raouraoua, of his unlimited support on any action and measure Mr Raouaroua shall take in order to investigate this appalling event and to make sure the individual(s) responsible of such a gruesome and coward act is (are) severely punished.
The FECAFOOT will remain available for any collaboration at all stages of this process”.
Meanwhile, CAF President Issa Hayatou has called for stiff sanctions while condemning the act of Hoologanism.