Omeruo, Victor Moses and other Super Eagles players as thrown into mourning over teammates death

Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo, Victor Moses and other Eagles players have sympathized with his former club, Alanyaspor over the death of their striker Josef Sural who died in an auto crash on Sunday. Sural, 28, died at the hospital where he and six of his team-mates were taken after a bus carrying them back from a game at Kayserispor crashed on Sunday.

“This is Too sad. RIP brother.. my deepest condolence to the family and to @alanyaspor,” Omeruo wrote on his Instagram Page. Omeruo played for Alanyaspor on loan from Chelsea during the 2016/17 Turkish Super Lig season.

Sural made 20 appearances for his country, last featuring in their Nations League defeat by Ukraine in October. National team head coach Jaroslav Silhavy said: ‘I knew Pepa from his time in Liberec. He was a modest and honest boy, with only the nicest memories left. ‘The message hit me deeply. It is a loss not only for Czech football but especially for all those close to him – it is for those who I want to express my sincere condolences to the family.’

Sural’s former club Sparta Prague were among the first to pay tribute to their former captain following news of his death. The Czech club wrote on Twitter: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the death of our friend and former captain.” “We would like to express our condolences to his family. Sury, we will never forget you. Rest in peace!”

Slovan Liberec, another of Sural’s former teams, expressed their sadness at the news, confirming that there will be a minute’s silence before their league match against Slavia Prague on Saturday. “We express our sincere condolences to the whole family and to the bereaved. Rest in peace, Pepa!’ said a statement on the club’s official website.

Team-mate Caulker, who had scored his first goal for the club on Sunday in their 1-1 draw with Kayserispor, posted messages on his Instagram. Arsenal goalkeeper and former international team-mate Petr Cech also posted his condolences. He tweeted in Czech, writing: “Sad news from this morning. Sincere condolences to the family and to all the loved ones. R.i.p.”