CAIRO, (Reuters) – Egyptian international defender Mohamed Abdelwahab died after collapsing on the training field on Thursday, club officials said.
The 22-year-old, a member of the Egyptian side that won the African Nations Cup finals in February, was pronounced dead before arriving at hospital, his club Al Ahli added.
Abdelwahab, who would have turned 23 on October, had been training for some 35 minutes before collapsing. He was not involved in a clash with another player and was immediately rushed to hospital, club spokesman Gamal Gabr told Reuters.
The cause of death is not yet known.
Abdelwahab had not played a match since the end of the Egyptian season in May because of a dispute over his registration.
The fullback had been on loan at Al Ahli for the last two years from Al Dafraa of the United Arab Emirates.
But negotiations over a permanent move back to Cairo had stalled, ruling him out of the start of the new season and Al Ahli’s campaign in the group phase of the African Champions League, which started in July.
A dispute between the two clubs was due to be heard by FIFA next month, officials added.
His inactivity had also seen him lose his place in the Egyptian national side, who are preparing for an African Nations Cup qualifier against Burundi in Cairo on Saturday.