Junior Malanda, a 20-year-old Belgian defender who used to play for Wolfsburg died due to a car accident reported Bild, a German Newspaper.
The U-21 international was supposed to leave for South Africa later today along with his team-mates before the unfortunate event took place.
Wolfsburg police confirmed the crash happened near the German city of Bielefeld. His SUV, a Volkswagen Touareg, was allegedly over-speeding on the German highway, A2, also known as Bundesautobahn 2. The report says that the car skidded before flying over the guardrails and hitting a tree.
The police did also agree that the major cause was over-speeding along with violent wind conditions. The two other passengers in the car with Malanda also suffered major injuries and have been taken to the hospital. Also, the car has been taken for a more thorough analysis.
Malanda had played 15 matches for Wolfsburg this season, and has played 7 times for the Belgian international U-21 side. After being transferred from the Belgian club Zulte Waregem in 2013, he went back on loan to the same team for one season before getting a chance in the Bundesliga team’s main line-up.
Although more famously known for his open goal miss, he was an exciting prospect. His strength along with his control on the ball and aggression made him ideal for the position he plays in. Many footballers, including Nicklas Bendtner, Thorgan Hazard and Romelu Lukaku, tweeted to pay condolences to the youngster.