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Maradona visits Awana’s grieving family
29 September 2011
Al Wasl’s head coach Diego Maradona visited Theyab Awana’s family on Thursday morning to pay his respect and to offer condolences after the young football player’s death that shocked the country on Sunday night.
Members of the club accompanied Maradona in his visit to the Awana family home in Al Rahba, Abu Dhabi, where he met Theyab’s father and family and joined in prayer for the deceased. Talk turned to reminiscing, with everyone only having good things to say about the player who, not only had an important role in his club, but in the UAE football scene as well.
Maradona reminded everyone that sticking together, side by side, is crucial in dark times like these, so that through darkness they could shed some light on the tragedy and go on to compete in his honour as that is what Theyab would have wanted.
Additionally, Maradona promised to give Theyab’s family all the support that they would need because whatever happens to one player happens to the entire football and sports industry in the country. “Football is about more than just goals and numbers, it’s about passion and compassion,” said Maradona.
Twentyone-year old Theyab was one of the most talented and promising players in the UAE. His brilliant play was a winning factor in the national team’s 2008 Asian Football Championships and he also helped the Olympic team to win the silver medal in the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. He also participated in the last game for the UAE Olympic team against Australia in the Olympic Asian qualifiers for the 2012 London Olympics in Adelaide, Australia, which ended in a draw.
Meanwhile, Al Ain Club chairman Shaikh Abdullah Mohd Khalid S Al Nayhan also offered his condolences to Theyab’s family when he visited them on Thursday. He was accompanied by Rashid Mubarak Al Hajri, Al Ain Club vice chairman, and Said bin Bdoua, honorary board member. Shiakh Abdullah expressed his sorrow on the loss of one of the best and promising footballers in the UAE.
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