Guinea League admit error after naming Keita's cousin among dead in bus crash

Guinea League admit error after naming Keita's cousin among dead in bus crash

The Professional Football League of Guinea (LGFP) have admitted an error took place when Naby Keita's cousin Almamy was named among the dead after a fatal bus crash in the African nation.

On Thursday, a coach carrying the Etoile de Guinee football team crashed just outside the city of Mamou, 250 kilometres east of the capital Conakry where Etoile are based.

Nine players reportedly died in the incident while a further 19 were injured.

Almamy Keita, who the cousin of Liverpool star Naby Keita and plays for the second-division side, was involved in the crash and was named by the LGFP as one of the nine who tragically lost their lives.

However, details later emerged that the player had not died in the incident and was instead hospitalised - with the ECHO having spoken to his agency to find out his condition.

The sports agency who manage Almamy's career, Fella Sport Management, told the ECHO on Friday: "We are happy to announce that Almamy Keita is alive and currently hospitalised.

"He is stable at the moment. No major injury, maybe some head injury but waiting for scan to confirm."

The LGFP have now responded to the ECHO about what happened when they released the original statement and the authority admitted "there was an error".

"Effectively, the report from the local authorities where the accident happened mentioned that he was missing," a spokesman said.

"However, after the identification of the people affected we understood that there was an error regarding his status as he was part of the wounded."

It is understood that "missing" is a term French people would use to describe those who have died.

The Etoile de Guinee team were on their way to play in the city of Kankan, a further 400km east of Mammou, in what was meant to be their first match of the league season when the crash happened.

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita posted on his Instagram after the incident saying: "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.

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