By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
The football fraternity, particularly its Iraqi faithfuls are mourning the demise of 56-year-old Iraqi football legend Ahmed Radhi, which can report.
Ahmed died on Sunday, June, 21, and the Iraqi health Minister has revealed he was killed by the Covid-19.
The former Al-Zawra’a Club striker was initially tested positive for Corona virus and hospitalized in Baghdad for over a week.
Kick442.com gathered from sources that he was taken out of the hospital on Thursday, June 18, 2020. Unfortunately he returned to the same hospital that same day as his situation worsened just after he reached home.
He was later evacuated to Jordan where he finally died.
Radhi wrote his name on the books of the country’s football in the 80s and 90s.
The goal-poacher was a part of the Iraq national selection during the 1986 FIFA World Cup tournament in Mexico and scored his country’s lone goal in the tournament in a 1-2 defeat against Belgium.
He also masterminded his country’s success at the 1984 and 1986 Gulf Cups, plus winning the Asian Footballer of the year Award in both years amongst multiple honors.
Radhi later retired from football and moved into politics.
The Al-Zawra’a Club legend is his country’s all-time top scorer with 62 goals in 121 appearances for Iraq.
He also scored over 200 Clubs goals in a 17-year Club career spent between Al-Wakrah SC, Al-Rasheed SC and Al-Zawra’a Club.
Iraq has registered close to 30,000 cases of persons with positive results and their fatality hit 1000 last week.
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