Expectant mother’s agony... and ecstasy

RAS AL KHAIMAH — Soccer surely is some sport, some passion: A pregnant UAE national woman cried ‘foul’ and refused even to enter her hospital maternity room when informed it provided no television facility.

By Abdelbagi Idris

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Published: Thu 1 Feb 2007, 9:25 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:24 AM

The expecting mother preferred instead to return home and watch the UAE-Oman Gulf Cup final — saying, “I shall be back once my national team has won the coveted championship.”

Hospital sources told Khaleej Times on the sidelines that even though several doctors and nurses tried to persuade her to stay back in view of her condition, the latter was adamant not to miss out a single moment of sporting glory.

Of course, the patriotic fan kept her word. And soon after her champions had scored a historic winning goal for the UAE, she returned to the hospital with a beaming smile and a bright UAE flag in her hand. And to commemorate her ecstasy over a memorable moment, she said cheerfully that she will name her baby Matar — in honour of the mercurial UAE footballer (Ismail Matar) who had scored the golden winning goal.

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