Albert Ebosse: Hamza Bencherif pays tribute to former team-mate

Lincoln City midfielder Hamza Bencherif has paid tribute to former team-mate Albert Ebosse who died after a game in Algeria last weekend.

Bencherif, 26, was a room-mate of the Cameroonian at Algerian side JS Kabyly.

Ebosse, 24, died after being hit on the head by a stone thrown from the crowd.

Speaking to BBC World Football's John Bennett, Bencherif said: "when you see someone that athletic, that happy to live, and to lose his life in such a tragic way, it's hard to believe."

The striker had scored in his side's 2-1 home defeat to USM Alger, and was leading goalscorer with 17 goals in the Algerian league in the 2013-14 season.

Bencherif added: "It's something that you can't believe.

"You've got to feel for his family because he was by himself in Algeria - far from his family, far from his girlfriend and his daughter - you can't lose your life for a game, especially that way."

Opponents USM Alger described the news of Ebosse's death as a "bombshell" and said it was "terrible" and "saddening".

The Algerian interior ministry has ordered an investigation.

You can listen to Hamza Bencherif talking to John Bennett or download the Sportshour Podcast . Sportshour is on the BBC World Service every Saturday at 09:00 GMT.