CONAKRY, Guinea – Two players and a driver are dead after the team bus of a high-profile Guinean football club crashed into a stationary truck on its way back late at night.
The club, Wakriya AC, said newcomer Alfred Kargbo had died on Monday night at the scene of the accident. Midfielder Aboubacar Camara and bus driver N’Fa Laye died in the hospital on Tuesday after being taken there in critical condition.
Issiaga Camara, a defender of the Guinean Under-17 team, was also in critical condition, but has improved, said Wakriya. He played at the 2017 U17 World Cup. He is not related to Aboubacar Camara.
Other players, including defender and team captain Ibrahima Sory Doumbouya, who was recently appointed to the Guinean senior team, suffered minor injuries.
Wakriya said the bus was plowed into a standing truck that was carrying tree trunks around 11:00 p.m. Monday in Friguiadi, just outside the capital Conakry. Although the team is based in the western city of Boke, they should make a stopover in Conakry after beating league leaders Loubha Telimele in Kindia, about 85 miles northeast of the capital.
Wakriya said he believed the truck had collapsed in the middle of the street and had turned on no warning lights, and the team bus had hit the back. Some of the tree trunks fell on the Wakriya bus.
Kargbo was from Sierra Leone and his family requested the return of his body, said Wakriya. A memorial service for Camara will take place on September 28th in the country's main stadium in Conakry.
The West African nation is to host the African Nations Cup 2025, the largest football tournament on the continent. It is the home country of Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita.
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