A ghastly motor accident claimed the lives of nine players from Guinean second division side, Etoile de Guinee, on Thursday, the Professional Football League in Guinea (LGFP) has confirmed.
The players were killed instantly in a bus crash while a further 19 people were injured in the incident, with 17 of those considered to be in a serious condition.
The accident occurred while the team was on an away trip to play in the city of Kankan, in what was meant to be the first match of the league season.
Halfway through the journey, and just outside the city of Mamou, some 250 kilometres from their base was where the football stars met their end.
The President of the Guinea Football Federation, Antonio Souare, while confirming the incident, noted that the country plans to hold a day of mourning to remember those who lost their lives.
He said on the date of mourning which is yet to be named, all teams playing in the league will wear black armbands.
In the statement from the LGFP, the country's football governing body also thanked Guinea's president, Apha Conde, for ensuring that all the bodies and the injured are taken to Conakry.
One of the victims of the accident, Almamy Keita, cousin to Liverpool's Naby Keita is said to have survived the crash, despite the Guinea FA listing him as one of the players who had died.
Fella Sport Management, the agency that represents Almamy, told the Liverpool Echo: "We are happy to announce that Almamy Keita is alive and currently hospitalised" while local reporter, Amadou Makadji, also tweeted that although Keita was involved in the crash, he did not die and is now in hospital.
"Almamy Keita is the cousin of Naby Keita and he survived the terrible accident that occurred on Thursday," Amadou tweeted.
The fatal road accident is the second involving a Guinean football team in recent months after three persons died on 30 January, when the team bus of top-flight side, Wakriya AC, was also involved in an accident.