Former Egyptian coach dies shortly after nation’s loss to Saudi Arabia in World Cup

Former Zamalek coach Abdel Rahim Mohamed fell sick at the headquarters of the Egyptian state television building. (Courtesy Al-Wattan newspaper)
Updated 25 June 2018
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Former Egyptian coach dies shortly after nation’s loss to Saudi Arabia in World Cup

CAIRO: A former Egyptian footballer and sports analyst has died shortly after Egypt’s loss to Saudi Arabia 2-1 at the World Cup Monday, Egyptian sources have said.
Former Zamalek coach Abdel Rahim Mohamed fell sick at the headquarters of the Egyptian state television building, Maspero, where he was scheduled to provide an analysis of the match on Nile Sports channel.
It is reported that he fell ill after the Saudi team scored their winning goal during the match’s 95th minute, to beat Egypt 2-1, preventing the African nation from winning its first ever match at the tournament.
He was rushed to a hospital downtown Cairo but was soon announced dead, according to the reports.
Head of the Qasr Al-Aini Hospital, Ahmad Taha, confirmed in statements carried by news website Masrawy that Mohammad had passed away upon arriving at the hospital.
Egypt heads home empty-handed after losing all three matches at the World Cup.


Princess becomes first Saudi woman to head sports club

Updated 22 July 2019
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Princess becomes first Saudi woman to head sports club

  • Princess Nourah thanked her hosts for the hospitality and outlined her ambitions for the team’s future

RIYADH: Princess Nourah bint Saad has officially become the first Saudi woman to be president of a sports club. Italian news outlet Corriere Della Sera reported recently that the princess had successfully acquired the Umbrian football club Spoleto.

Speaking at a press conference, the princess thanked her hosts for the hospitality and outlined her ambitions for the team’s future. 

“Football is a family passion, and Italian football is followed all over the world. This is why I chose to invest in Umbria,” she said. 

Princess Nourah chose the team after considering several aspects. “Spoleto is a small, amateur football organization where it is possible to work with the aim of growing and aiming for promotion. But we cannot fail to consider the value and beauty of the city of Spoleto, which is famous throughout the world.” Spoleto is a member of Serie D of the Italian non-professional football association, Lega Nazionale Dilettanti.  The association represents more than 12,000 football players and 400 football teams across Italy and is considered the fourth-ranked league in the country. Under the princess’s presidency, the team aims to ascend to Serie C in the near future, and further in the long term.

Spoleto announced that they have formally registered for the Excellence Umbria 2019/2020 championship and the Regional Junior Championship 2019/2020.

This purchase marks the Saudi royal family’s second venture into sports club ownership. Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ad co-owns English Premier League football club Sheffield United.