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Egyptian football manager dies of heart attack after celebrating last minute winner


Egyptian football manager Adham El-Selhadar dies of heart attack aged 53 as he celebrates injury time winner for his side

  • Football manager Adham El-Selhadar died of a heart attack at age 53
  • He had a heart attack while celebrating his team’s injury time winner
  • Eygpt’s biggest clubs have paid their respects to El-Selhadar in statements

An Egyptian football manager has died aged 53 after suffering a heart attack while celebrating his team’s injury time winner.

Adham El-Selhadar’s El Magd squad scored a goal in the 92nd minute on Thursday in their 1-0 win against El Zarqa in a match in the Egyptian Second League.

The goal sparked cheering celebrations, before the mood quickly turned sombre when El-Selhadar suffered a heart attack after the goal and was rushed to hospital.

Egyptian football manager Adham El-Selhadar has died of a heart attack aged 53

After announcing his passing, two of Egypt’s biggest clubs paid tribute to the late coach.

Ismaily SC – who formerly led El Selhadar – wrote in a statement: “Ismaily’s board of directors, headed by engineer Yahya El-Komy, mourns the death of Adham El-Selhadar, a star and former coach of the team, who passed away due to a sudden heart attack, after his team, ‘El-Majd’ Alexandria, matched up in the second division competitions.

“Against this background, the Board of Directors has declared 3 days of mourning for the souls of the late.”

Their rivals Al Ahly also paid tribute to El-Selhadar, as their statement read: “Captain Mahmoud Al-Khatib, chairman of the club, and members of the board, mourn with great sadness and sorrow, Coach Adham El-Selhadar , the former player of Ismaily, who passed away on Thursday.

He had a heart attack while celebrating El Magd's injury time winner

He had a heart attack while celebrating El Magd’s injury time winner

“Pray to the Almighty to cover the deceased with his immense grace and enter him into his vast gardens.”

El Magd also announced a six-day period of mourning while their next game against Pioneers FC is suspended.

El-Selhadar enjoyed a successful career as a player by winning the Eygptian Premier League and the Eygptian Cup with Ismaily.

In the 1990s he won the Egyptian Premier League with Ismaily and also the Egyptian Cup.

He later returned to the club as a manager and established himself as a highly respected coach in the country.

The incident is just the latest in a spate of recent heart problems at football stadiums.

Recently, the Watford-Chelsea game was temporarily halted after a supporter collapsed following a cardiac arrest.

That followed a similar incident when a fan also went into cardiac arrest during Newcastle’s game against Tottenham in October.

The fans on both occasions were later reported to be stable after being treated by medical staff at the stadium.

There have also been a number of heart problems among players in recent times.

Wigan striker Charlie Wyke, 28, collapsed in training after suffering cardiac arrest, while Barcelona striker Sergio Aguero, 33, was diagnosed with arrhythmias after being forced to leave with chest pain in a 1-1 draw against Alaves last month.



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