BY Moses Adeyemi

Junior Malanda a  20-year-old Wolfsburg midfielder died in a fatal accident just hours before he was due to fly to South Africa for a winter training camp he was killed this afternoon.

Police have confirmed the crash took place near the German city of Bielefeld at 3:47 and the player was pronounced dead at the scene.

Malanda, 20, was due to fly to South Africa on Saturday evening along with the rest of his Wolfsburg team-mates for a training camp ahead of resuming their Bundesliga campaign after the winter break.

Junior had joined Wolfsburg in 2013 from Zulte Waregem and was also on the books at Anderlecht and Lille in his earlier years.

Malanda last played for Wolfsburg in their 2-1 win over Cologne on December 20. He had represented Belgium at every youth level up to and including the Under-21 side.

A statement from the Belgian Football Association read: “The football world today lost a great talent. Junior Malanda lost his life this afternoon, at the age of 20.

“The Belgian Football Association extends its sympathy to family and friends.”

Another wonderful talent and playmaker has left the world of football.

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