A young Algerian footballer full of promises was brutally beaten Thursday night. In the afternoon itself, he had played and scored on penalty (13th) with the A’des Fennecs team against DR Congo (3-0), Benhamouda, 24, offensive midfielder of USM Alger a found dead in a car accident the same night, on the way back.
The drama took place during the Four Nations Tournament (Algeria, Senegal, DR Congo and Niger), organized in Algeria six months into the CHAN 2022 – the African Nations Championship, reserved for players floating around the continent and grouping 16 teams – also welcomed by the Fennecs.
The Algerian Federation (FAF) immediately decided to cancel the tournament, which was expected to end on Sunday.
Djamel Belmadi, the selector of Team A, shared his emotion on his federation website: “This is news that touches us all deeply. I know he was a very good player, a very good boy. Since my arrival in selection, (…) I have been able to see its evolution to the point of being able to join the A ‘team. Year after year, he confirms. It was an interesting player. These are the news that make the heart very bad. It’s a shock, we’re still under the shock. I don’t have the words. “
Madjid Bougherra, who leads Team A ‘, also expressed on his Instagram account: “Today is a sad day for us; for the staff of the A ‘national team, for the players and for the whole national football family. (). Billel was a wonderful boy, a talented competitor but first of all an education and a serious role model, whose joy of living and playing ball radiated throughout the group. He is part of those sports whose human qualities make it easier to work. ”
This season within his club USM Algiers, 4th Algerian Ligue 1, Benhamouda, offensive midfielder, had scored 7 goals and delivered 4 decisive passes.