Turkey footballer Ahmet Calik dies in Ankara road crash
Published: 06:50 PM, 12 January 2022
Ahmet Yılmaz Kalik; Photo: Collected
Former Turkish national team defender Ahmet Calik has died in a horrific road accident in Ankara, Turkey. He was only 27, confirmed Calik’s club Konyaspor.
The club tweeted: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our football player Ahmet Calik, who has won the love of our fans and our city since the first day he came to Konyaspor.”
According to the Turkish website Sports Arena, Ahmet Calik’s car crashed on a motorway near the country’s capital, Ankara. Kalik was going to Ankara to prepare for his wedding during the practice holiday. However, a probe body is investigating the real cause behind the accident.
Ahmet Yılmaz Kalik has played more than 50 matches for Galatasaray in the three years before joining Konyaspor in 2020.
Ahmet, who played six matches for the Turkish national team from 2015 to 2017, was alone in the car at the time of the accident.
According to media reports, Calik’s car lost control on the Ankara-Niğde road at 9 am on Tuesday and fell into a ditch on the side of the road. The center-back of the national team will be buried in a cemetery in Elmadağ, local media reported.
Former and current clubs have mourned his death.
Sports Arena also said that Konyaspor had requested the Turkish Football Federation to postpone their next match against İstanbul Başakşehir. The match is scheduled to take place on January 15.