Liverpool Midfielder Naby Keita's Cousin Survives Horrific Car Crash That Claimed Nine Lives
March. 10, 2020
The cousin of Guinea and Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has survived a horrific bus crash in Guinea, though the country's football authorities made an error in announcing he had died in the crash.
A press release from the Professional Football League of Guinea said that Almamy Keita was one of nine players from second division side Etoile de Guinee that was killed in the incident last Thursday.
It has been reported that a further 19 people were injured in the crash of which 17 of those are considered to be in critical condition.
But Fella Sport Management, who represent Almamy, have told the Liverpool Echo: 'We are happy to announce that Almamy Keita is alive and currently hospitalised.'
Local reporter Amadou Makadji also tweeted that although Almamy Keita was involved in the crash, he didn't die and is currently in the hospital.
He tweeted: 'Almamy Keita is the cousin of Naby Keita and he survived the terrible accident that occurred on Thursday.'
The bus crash occurred on the outskirts of the city of Mamou, located 250 kilometres away from capital Conakry, when the team was on their way to play their first league match of the season in Kankan.
Keita posted an emotional tribute to those involved in the crash on social media saying he was 'heartbroken'.
The 25-year-old wrote: 'I am shocked, sad and heartbroken at this terrible news.
'I send my sincere condolences to all families of the victims, as well as the whole sporting family of Guinea. Rest in perfect peace guys.'
The Ligue Guineenne de Football Professionnel confirmed the nine victims as; Almamy Keita, Mohamed Lamine Toure, Kabinet Camara, Mohamed Damaro Camara, Ousmane Sylla, Ibrahima Sylla, Mohamed Lamine Camara, Serdouba Ginola Bangoura and Facinet Mara.
Antonio Souare, the head of the Guinea Football Federation, vowed to hold a day of mourning and all teams will wear black armbands on a date yet to be confirmed.
Sadly, the crash was the second involving a Guinean football team in recent months. Three people died in January when Wakriya AC's bus collided with a stationary truck just outside Conakry.