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Berkane Coach Ibenge Involved In Accident

CAF Confederation Cup semi-finalists RS Berkane have confirmed their head coach Florent Ibenge was involved in a car accident on Monday.

Ibenge, who led Berkane to victory over Al Masry on Sunday was said to have been rushed to hospital after the incident and suffered a spinal injury upon medical examination.

The Congolese mentor is widely regarded as one of the finest African coaches was lured to Morocco after an impressive stint with Linafoot giants AS Vita and the DR Congo national team.

Berkane released an official statement via their social media platforms to confirm he will be ruled out for just under two weeks which means he’s likely to return before their clash against his countrymen TP Mazembe.

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“Our team coach Floran Ipinke was involved in a car accident after returning from the training session and was taken to Mohammed VI University Hospital,” the statement read.

“After carrying out the necessary medical examinations, it is revealed that there is an injury at the level of the spinal level, which requires a rest period of one week to ten days, to be evaluated afterwards.

“Nahda Burkan Club wishes a speedy recovery to coach Floran Ibenge, and also expresses their heartfelt thanks to the medical staff of Mohammed VI University Hospital.”

The 2019/20 Confederation Cup champions face Mazembe on Sunday, 8 May at the Lubumbashi for the 1st leg before the return tie at Stade Municipal de Berkane seven days later.

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Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.