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There were heartbreaking scenes in the Iraq Premier League, on Thursday, as Naft Maysan goalkeeper Alaa Ahmed broke down at the final whistle and revealed to his teammates that his son had died only a day earlier.
Ahmed had kept the tragic news a secret from the rest of the Maysan team, as they played out a draw with Al-Shorta, with the 'keeper turning in a heroic performance.
However, at full-time, the emotion of the situation became overwhelming for Ahmed, who burst into tears, as his teammates consoled him when they heard the awful news.
A heartbreaking story from the #IPL today...- Soccer Iraq (@SoccerIraq) February 15, 2018
Naft Maysan goalkeeper Alaa Ahmed played a fantastic game against Al-Shorta without telling anyone about the passing of his son just yesterday. After the game, he couldn't hold back his emotions and burst into tears... #RIP :cry: pic.twitter.com/1XqqLjCoDN
Alaa Ahmed's son died on Thursday. But the goalkeeper did not tell his team-mates or manager.- BBC Sport (@BBCSport) February 17, 2018
What a remarkable show of courage and strength. We're thinking of you and your family Alaa, may your son rest in peace.https://t.co/GhpvBgkezu pic.twitter.com/M2Jcz9wwWT
Iraqi side Naft Maysan's goalkeeper Alaa Ahmed, played for his side after the death of his son but didn't tell his team mates nor the coach until the end of the game when he was unable to control his emotions. pic.twitter.com/4b14EQ3Bx5- Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) February 17, 2018
Naft Maysan's goalkeeper, Alaa Ahmed, played for his side after the death of his son but didn't tell his team mates or manager until after the game. The understandable emotion of it all clearly caught up with him at FT. RIP pic.twitter.com/lUPKAIgpWJ- Natter Football (@NATTERFOOTBALL) February 17, 2018
Ahmed deserves a huge amount of respect for playing through such emotional anguish and heartbreak. A truly heroic performance.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ahmed and his family at this painful time.
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