Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Tragedy In Egypt As Former Zamalek Coach Abdel Rahim Mohamed Dies After Egypt's Defeat To Saudi Arabia

An Egyptian analyst Abdel Rahim Mohamed has been reported dead following his country's 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia in their inconsequential last Group A clash on Monday afternoon. Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah's 22nd opening goal wasn't enough to rescue the Pharaohs as Salem Al-Dawsari's late minute goal handed them their third defeat of the competition. Hector Cuper's men finished at the base of Group A table at the ongoing FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia having lost to Uruguay and Russia in the first two games.

However Abdel Rahim Mohamed was said to have fallen ill after Saudi Arabia scored the winning goal at the stoppage time. According to the Sun, the former Zamalek coach was meant to join the team of pundits to analyse the game in the studio for Nile Sports at the Egyptian state TV building. A statement from the head Qasr Al-Aini Hospital, carried by Egyptian news site Masrawy, said that Mohamed passed away after arriving for treatment.

Reports claim that former keeper Ahmed Fawzi in an Egyptian national paper that Mohamed looked "exhausted" and "affected" during the Pharaohs' latest defeat. After Salah's goal in the 22nd minute of the game, Egypt keeper Essam El Hadary saved Fahad Al Muwallad's penalty after coming on to make history as the oldest player to feature at a World Cup at the age of 45. But was unable to stop the second penalty awarded to them by the Colombia referee Wilmar Roldan which was carefully scored by Salman Al Faraj.

And he was the beaten by Salem Al Dawsari with just second remaining as Saudi Arabia clinched a 2-1 win, leaving Egypt still without a World Cup victory. Egypt are still winless in their World Cup campaigns with 5 losses and 2 draws, however they will hope to perform better if they qualify for the next edition in Qatar.

Egypt failed to pick any point in their campaign in Group A at the tournament as they lost all their three games against Uruguay, Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Despite missing the first game against Uruguay, Mohamed Salah managed to score two goals at the Russia 2018 World Cup, but his goals could not save his country.

By Mercy Kukah

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