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Egyptian coach dies while celebrating team goal

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Former Ismaily player and El-Magd SC head coach, Adham El-Selhedar, died while celebrating his team’s goal in a Egyptian Second Division clash.

According to the report by Kingfut, Alexandria’s El-Magd were up against Al-Zarka in matchday nine of the season and the game seemed to be heading for a goalless draw.

The Alexandrian side, however, managed to score the winner in the 92nd minute to successfully secure the three points.

During the celebrations, El-Selhedar suddenly passed out and was immediately rushed to the hospital. He later died in the Al-Amriya hospital in Alexandria and it was revealed a heart-attack was the reason behind his death.

El-Selhedar spent the majority of his professional career with Ismaily during the 1990s and succeeded in lifting both the Egyptian Premier League and Egypt Cup titles.

After a brief spell with Al-Sharkia, he turned to coaching where he took charge of Libya’s Al-Ittihad and was even part of the Ismaily coaching staff.

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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