World Cup TV pundit dies ‘after suffering heart attack during defeat’

An Egyptian pundit died after falling ill while watching his national team’s lose to Saudi Arabia in the World Cup, it’s reported.

Abdel Rahim Mohamed, who used to coach Zamalek in the North African country, was due to give analysis of Egypt’s 2-1 defeat – their third consecutive loss – at the national TV HQ in Cairo.

However, he’s said to have suffered a heart attack after growing increasingly emotional during Egypt’s below-par performance in the Group A match.

According to Egypt Today , Mohamed was rushed to hospital by his son shortly after Salem Al Dawsar net the winner for the Saudis in the dying seconds of stoppage time.


A spokesman for Qasr Al-Aini Hospital told Egyptian news site Masrawy that he died not long after arriving for treatment.

Egypt manager Hector Cuper expressed his condolences in a post-match press conference, saying he hoped the team’s poor performance wasn’t to blame for him falling ill.

Mohamed, who was working as a pundit for Nile Sports, also trained el-Marrikh Sporting Club of Port Said city and el-Mansoura Sporting Club of Mansoura city during his career.


In Monday’s match, Egypt keeper Essam El Hadary, 44, became the oldest player to appear at a World Cup.

He saved a first half penalty from Fahad Al Muwallad, but couldn’t do much about Salman Al Faraj’s equaliser, another spot-kick.

Al Dawsari’s last gasp winner meant Egypt finish bottom of their group with zero points.

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