According to the Bild, Wolfsburg midfielder and Belgian under-21 national team captain, Junior Malanda, lost his life in a tragic car crash yesterday (Saturday) afternoon when a car he was traveling in smashed into a tree.
Basing on the police statement, Malanda, who is 20-year-old, was a back seat passenger when the driver of the car lost control and smashed into a tree.
The Belgium football player was on his way to meet up with the other Wolfsburg teammates for a winter-break in a camp in South Africa, but he died on his way to Hanover airport.
The Belgian football association said on their website that the nation had lost one of its greatest talents, pointing out he had represented the national team at all age levels.
“Wherever he went, Junior made a good impression. Besides his footballing talent and impressive physique, he was always in a good mood. He was the current captain of our under-21 side, which is testament to his good character and leadership skills,” brings the words thelocal.de.
The police spokesman said to the press that “Speeding caused to this accident. The speed came with a strong wind and harsh road conditions. Malanda’s car flipped over, and unfortunately caused to those tragic events”. The police described that the speed of the “Volkswagen” car during the accident was about 100 Km per hour and that was the main reason for the accident. The other two people in the car were seriously injured, but survived the accident.
Because of the tragedy, Wolfsburg canceled the training camp and the club will decide in the next days if and where to do the training camp.
Malanda’s friend and teammate in Wolfsburg and Belgium squad, Kevin De Bruyne, wrote in his Instagram: “it is so weird to talk to your friend in the morning and then to hear this news. I lost a good friend too early. Rest in peace, dear friend. You will always be here for me”.
Mnsngldbac midfielder and Belgium squad member, Torgn Hazar, wrote: “why??? I love you my brother”. Wolfsburg defender Timm Klose said that “I have no words, all our thoughts with your family and friends. Everything was waiting for him and all the life was before him, how can we understand that?” Another teammate in Wolfsburg, Naldi wrote: “Rest in peace. A good friend left us today. Rest in peace.” Kevin Prince Boateng wrote that the “Life is a lot more than football and all other material things. All my condolences to the Malanda’s family”.
Wolfsburg player Nicklas Bendtner wrote about Malanda that he was “Not only a great player, but a great person, too. My thoughts will always be with you and your family dear brother. Your heart was courteous special and unusual. I will remember you forever.” Another player in Malanda’s team, Wolfsburg, Ricardo Rodriguez wrote: “I am shocked and very sad. I’ll miss you, Junior Malanda. My thoughts are with your family.” The Croatian midfielder of Wolfsburg, Ivan Frishitz, was very shocked as well: “I do not know what to say, I’m shocked, sad and do not believe. I cannot believe what happened. There are no words. I very painful with what happened. I lost a teammate, a friend and my little brother. His smile will always remain in my head. ”
But not only Wolfsburg players were shocked by that news. Borussia Dortmund published a statement of sorrow: “We are without words, we are in total shock, and we are sad and mourning with you Wolfsburg. Rest in peace, Malanda”. Schalke and the German team defender Benedikt Höwedes wrote on Facebook: “you will keep playing forever in our hearts, Rest in peace Junior Malanda. Our feelings and all the love and support with your family and friends.”
Malanda’s friend and teammate in Wolfsburg, Louise Gustavo, wrote on Instagram: “The life always throws us hard things. Losing a friend and such a talented player with a huge future in front of him it’s just awful. Junior Malanda, it was an honor to be your friend. Rest in peace.” The midfielder of Bayern Munich, Mario Götze, tweeted: “Rest in peace Malanda, it’s so sad. My thoughts are with your family and your friends.” Chelsea star Eden Hazard and Malanda’s friend from the Belgium team tweeted: “I am very sad to hear the bad news. Rest in peace little brother.”
Bayern Munich announced in an official statement: “We are shocked, our thoughts are with the family, friends and Wolfsburg.” Stuttgart announced: “We have heard the tragic news and it is sad. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Junior Malanda”.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter tweeted: “I am sad and shocked to hear about the tragic death of a player in Wolfsburg and in young Belgium team Malanda. Football has lost a great talent, my thoughts with his family.”
Junior Malanda in Action: