16-year-old Ajax youth player Noah Gesser died in a car accident on Friday evening, the Dutch football club announced.
Ajax released a statement on Saturday stating that Gesser had died along with his brother in the accident.
“This afternoon, at the exhibition matches of Ajax 1 and Young Ajax, there will be special attention for this horrible news,” the club said.
“There will be a moment of silence before the matches begin and Ajax players will wear armbands to mourn Gesser’s death. Flags will also be flown at half-mast in the Toekomst Sports Complex.
“Ajax is deeply affected by this tragic incident. “The club sends strength to Gesser’s family and friends as they deal with this terrible loss.”
Gesser was conceived in IJsselstein (Netherlands) on February 27, 2005.
Gesser is a striker who joined Ajax after stints at VVIJ and Almere City. Since 2018, he has been playing for the Dutch giants.
He was training to play under-17 for Ajax this season.
Real Madrid, the Spanish giant, expressed condolences via Twitter
“Real Madrid C.F., its president and its Board of Directors deeply lament the passing of Noah Gesser, Ajax’s academy player,” it said.