“Hiannick Kamba” might not be a name that any usual football fan has ever heard, but for the supporters of Bundesliga club FC Schalke 04, the name recalls back to four years. Hiannick Kamba, the Congolese right back who is the ex-teammate of Manuel Neuer, was announced dead after a car accident four years ago. Strkingly, it has been revealed that the footballer is perfectly alive and well!
On 9th January 2016, when he was playing for German eighth-tier football league Oberliga Westphalia side VfB Huls, Kamba was announced to have been killed in an accident in his home country.
However, the bombshell of a news was announced by German sports outlet Sport Bild, who investigated the case and found out that the former footballer, now 33 years old, is alive and is currently working as a chemical technician for a power plant company in Gelsenkirchen.
It also came to light that Kamba had approached the German embassy of Kinshasa, Congo two after after he was announced dead from the accident. He had revealed to the officials that he was abandoned by his friends after the car accident, and was without any documents, money or a mobile phone. The footballer returned to Germany in 2018.
However, the reason behind Kamba’s death leads to his ex-wife, who is now accused for document forgery to fake the death and earn a six-figure monetary compensation as life-insurance.
His ex-wife, who is 39 years old, has a 10-year old son with Kamba, and is currently under investigation by German officials. However, she has denied the charges of producing false funeral documents and a ‘Congolese death certificate’ to get the insurance money.
The proceedings are ongoing, and Kamba has been called as a witness for the trial.
Nonetheless, the unfortunate news of Schalke youth academy player’s demise back in 2016 was shocking for the German football fan base.
‘He represented the ideas and values of our club like few others. His demise will leave a big gap. Hiannick is undoubtedly a bitter sporting loss for us, but primarily we will miss it as a fellow human being,’ VfB Huls had lamented in a statement after the news four years back.
Considered a talented full back, Kamba had also played for Zweckel, Borken, Recklinghausen, Vestia and Hassel.