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Egyptian football coach Al Gouhari dies

Nation’s ‘football general’ succumbs to brain haemorrhage

  • AP
  • Published: 15:56 September 3, 2012
  • Gulf News

Cairo: Egypt’s state news agency says former national football team coach Mahmoud Al Gouhari has died. He was 74.

MENA says Al Gouhari died of a brain haemorrhage on Monday in Jordan, where he was hospitalised recently after suffering a stroke and falling into a coma.

Al Gouhari rose to fame when he coached Egypt to the 1990 World Cup and then in its victorious African Nations Cup campaign in 1998.

He was the first Egyptian to coach both of the country’s two most famous football clubs, Al Ahly and Zamalek, who he led to medals in African and Arab tournaments.

Born in 1938, Al Gouhari was dubbed the “football general” by Egypt’s media because he fought in Egypt’s 1973 war with Israel.

Al Gouhari is survived by a wife and three children.

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