Riyad Mahrez Leads Tributes for Algerian Midfielder Who Died in Tragic Car Accident

Riyad Mahrez Leads Tributes for Algerian Midfielder Who Died in Tragic Car Accident

  • Fans and footballers have taken to social media to mourn the tragic death of Algerian midfielder, Billel Benhammouda
  • Man City attacker Riyad Mahrez is among a host of footballers who took some time to pay tribute to the 24-year-old
  • Benhammouda lost his life on Friday, June 10, after he was involved in a tragic road accident shortly after he had represented Algeria in an international friendly
  • The USM Alger star was among the goalscorers as the Desert Foxes demolished the Democratic Republic of Congo 3-0

Man City winger Riyad Mahrez had led tribute for Algerian midfielder, Bille Benhammouda, who died in a tragic road accident.

The 24-year-old is understood to have been involved in the accident shortly after featuring for the Algeria national football team.

According to Goal, Benhammouda was part of Algeria's squad which hammered DR Congo 3-0 in an international friendly.

The publication reports the player, who turns out for USM Alger was in incredible shape during the match as he scored one of the three goals.

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Riyad Mahrez. Photo by Catherine Ivill.
Riyad Mahrez applauds fans after a Premier League match at Vicarage Road. Photo by Catherine Ivill.
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However, unknown to many, this would be the last time they would see Benhammouda in action as the footballer died hours after the match.

Local reports indicate that the footie star was on his way home in the company of an unidentified friend when he met his death.

Riyad Mahrez leads tribute for Billel Benhammouda

Benhammouda's sudden and tragic death has since prompted an outpouring of tributes, with mahrez among the top footballers to mourn the USM Alger star.

The Man City attacker took to social media to share a photo of his national teammate with a tribute message.

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Earlier, Sports Brief reported the Algerian football fraternity has been plunged into mourning following the tragic death of Sofiane Lokar.

Lokar was in action as his side Mouloudia Saida battled ASM Oran in the Algerian second-tier division.

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The 30-year-old is said to have suffered a head injury in the 26th minute but passed to continue playing after receiving treatment.

However, nine minutes later, tragedy struck as Lokar suffered a heart attack before he was confirmed dead while being attended to.

Source: Sports Brief News