Spotlight: Mohamed Abdelwahab

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Mohamed Abdelwahab was a soccer player, who died at 22-years-old. He died while training with El-Ahly, his club team, on August 31st, 2006.

After collapsing, he was then transported to Egypt International Hospital in Dokki, Cairo. However, he could not be revived and died.



He died because of a heart defect. His No. 3 jersey has been retired by the national team.

He first caught the eye of Hassan Shehata, who signed him to join Aluminium Nag Hammâdi. In 2003, he helped the Egypt youth team to win the African Cup of Nationals in Mali.

He also played in the World Youth Championship that led to a four-year contract offer from Al-Zafra. Yet, he did not play for the team and spent the first-year of that contract on a loan to ENPPI.

While being called up to the Egypt National Team by head coach Marco Tardelli, he scored in his debut during a 2006 World Cup qualifier against Sudan.

Abdelwahab then joined El-Ahly on a two-year loan. He did not start for head coach Manuel José elected to start Gilberto over the young player.

After Gilberto left the game with an injury ten minutes into the game, Abdelwahab saw action in the 2005 African Champions League against Etoile Sahel of Tunisia. He helped set up Osama Hosny, who scored El-Ahly’s second goal in a 3-0 win to win the championship.

He then was part of Shehata’s National team that won the 2006 African Cup of Nations on their home soil, as Abdelwahab scored the second penalty kick in a penalty shootout against Côte d’Ivoire. That same year, he helped El-Ahly win the Egyptian Cup and the CAF Super Cup.

Before his death, El-Ahly attempted to add Abdelwahab on a permanent basis. However, Al-Zafra declined the offer. There was a clause in his contract that allowed him to annul it and sign with El-Ahly.

As an on-going despite between the two teams, he was not allowed to play for an entire summer. This even caused him to lose a spot on the Egypt National Team.

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