Yemen national soccer team coach dies from COVID-19

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Mon, 17-05-2021 12:24 Morning, Aden Time

Aden( AP, south24)

Yemen’s soccer association said Sunday that the country’s national team coach and a former player of Al-Tilal club, Sami al-Naash has died from COVID-19.

The Yemen Football Association says he died on Monday in a hospital in the southern port city of Aden.

Local reports say al-Naash was infected while at a camp for the national team in the southern province of Shabwa last month.

Yemen’s national team was preparing for three games in the coming weeks in hopes of qualifying for the Asian Cup and the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar. Yemen is in Group D along with Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Singapore, and the Palestinian territories.


Sami Hassan al-Naash born on May 2, 1957 in Aden, was a prominent player in Al-Tilal Sports Club during the period of the former South Yemen state (Media)

Sami Hassan al-Naash born on May 2, 1957 in Aden, was a prominent player in Al-Tilal Sports Club during the period of the former South Yemen state.

Al-Tilal club management mourns the man, and said in a statement that they feels sorry and sad for his death.

"He gave sports and Al-Tilal a lot when he was a player within the team, or when he worked as a coach and returned Al-Tilal to the forefront of the tournaments by achieving the Yemeni League in 2005." The management said.

The country, which has been gripped by civil war since 2014, has been experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases that have overwhelmed its depleted medical facilities.

The conflict in Yemen started when Iranian-backed Houthi rebels took control of the capital Sanaa and much of the northern part of the country. That forced President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s government to flee to the south, then to Saudi Arabia.

A U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition intervened against the Houthis in 2015 in an attempt to restore Hadi’s rule.

- Source: south24, AP
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South Yemen Aden Sami Al-Naash