Algeria Accident Claims Mouloudia El Bayadh Goalkeeper, Assistant Coach Life

Two players from Mouloudia El Bayadh, an Algerian Ligue 1 team, lost their lives in a bus accident in the late hours of Wednesday.

As a result, the national football body decided to postpone all of this week’s scheduled games across all divisions.

The official news agency of Algeria said that El Bayadh assistant coach Khalid Muftah and custodian Zakaria Bouziani, 27, had perished in the disaster.

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Bouziani, a temporary goaltender, participated in two league contests this season.

According to local media, the team’s bus flipped on Friday on the way to Tizi Ouzou to play JSK Kabylie in a league match, close to the town of Sougueur in northwest Algeria.

The club announced on Facebook that the other injured members’ status were stable.

“In the wake of the painful tragedy that befell Algerian football … the Algerian Football Federation decided to suspend all football activities scheduled for the end of this week across the entire country,” the federation said in a statement.

“The Federation also decided to postpone the draw ceremony for the 32nd and 16th rounds of the Algerian Cup to a later date.”

In a statement, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune of Algeria expressed his “deep anguish and sorrow” upon learning of the tragedy and expressed his sympathies to the victims’ families.

With 15 points from 10 games, El Bayadh is now ranked sixth in the Algerian league, 12 points behind the unbeaten leaders, MC Alger.

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