By Eyong Macdella
Sports writer, kick442.com Cameroon
Union Sportive de la Médina of Algeria’s player Bilal Benhamouda, has died in a fatal car accident. He was crushed to death while on his way home to the Dowada region, west of the Algerian capital alongside his friend after playing for his club in a friendly encounter.
This incident comes barely 24 hours after he participated in the local National team’s friendly encounter against the Democratic Republic of Congo on June 9, 2022.
He scored the second goal from the spot and provided an assist in that game that saw his side beat DR Congo 3-0.
The Algerian Football Association, took to their Twitter handle to confirm the death of Algeria forward.
Billel has made over 101 appearances for USM and scored 12 goals plus one assist and has been with the club from 2017 tillthe date of his demise.
He made his debut for the team in the Ligue 1 against CR Belouizdad as a substitute in a 4–0 victory. On July 7, 2018, Benhammouda was promoted to USM Alger’s first team, and this season he participated in 14 matches. On November 12, 2018, he made his first game as a starter against MC Oran.
At the end of the season, he achieved Ligue 1 the first title in his history.
The former Algeria U-23 national team Captain, had his first call up to the Algeria Senior national team in a game against Liberia to inaugurate the new stadium in Oran in a 5–1 victory.
Some clubs have also taken to their social media handle the message of his death and their condolences messages extended to his family and all those grieving.
His club, USM wrote;
“The Capital Union administration extends sincere condolences to the Bin Hamouda family following the tragic death of their son Bilal. The administration asked Allah Almighty to bless the deceased with his mercy, place him in paradise and grant his family patience and solace.”
Another Algerian professional football Club and Africa’s Confederation Cup heavyweights, JS Kabylie had this to say;
“The management of the JSK, very saddened by the tragic death of Belal Bin Hamouda, presents its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased as well as to the entire family of the USMA, assuring them of its deep compassion. May the Almighty and Merciful God grant the deceased his holy mercy and welcome him to his vast paradise. To God, we belong and to Him we return.”
CR Belouizdad also came up with their Condolence message on their Facebook page
“With great sadness and sorrow, the Belouizdad youth administration received the news of the death of the player of the Union of the Capital and the national team, Bilal bin Hamouda, who passed away following a tragic traffic accident”
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