In what will come across as a really heartbreaking development, an Egyptian second division manager has tragically died after suffering a heart attack while celebrating his side’s last minute winner.
El-Magd SC were facing El-Zarqa at home on Thursday when they managed to clinch a 1-0 victory by scoring an emphatic 92nd minute winner which ended their recent slump in form.
Wild celebrations ensued as they progressed up to seventh in the table on 14 points, but the win would be marred by their manager’s shocking death.
Amongst all the drama and celebrations, coach Adham El-Selhadar collapsed on the side-lines as players and staff ran over to check what had happened.
He was attended to by medics straight away before being taken to hospital, where he was confirmed dead.
El-Selhadar had been a professional player in the 1990s, winning the Egyptian Premier League and Egypt Cup before becoming a coach.
His former sides Al Ahly and Ismaily have since paid tribute to the deceased head coach in a show of solidarity.
Al Ahly said in a statement: "Captain Mahmoud Al-Khatib, president of the club, and the members of the board of directors, mourn with great sadness and sorrow Coach Adham El-Selhadar, the former Ismaily player, who passed away on Thursday, praying to the Almighty to cover the deceased with his vast mercy and enter him into his vast gardens.”
Ismaily commented: "The Ismaily 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 as a result of a sudden heart attack.
"Against this backdrop, the Board of Directors declared three days of mourning for the soul of the deceased."
Meanwhile , El-Magd have announced six days of mourning for their manager while suspending their next fixture.
Source: Daily Star