The Faisalabad-based midfielder was the captain of his departmental facet, Lesco, and was generally known as probably the most reliable gamers round.
“It’s a enormous loss for Pakistan soccer,” nationwide coach Shahzad Anwar instructed The media. “Not solely was he a really gifted midfielder, he was additionally an especially disciplined footballer and an ideal human being. We’re all going to overlook him so much; he was a really distinctive participant.”
His childhood pal Naeemullah believes Ahmed had seen all of it in his quick life. “He was my finest pal, my confidant and one of the best footballer I knew,” revealed Naeemullah, who additionally performs for Lesco. “I nonetheless can’t consider it, he had a fever since a number of days, however he carried on. None of us might’ve thought his kidneys are failing.”
Naeem reminisced concerning the first time Ahmed received chosen for the nationwide group however his run was minimize quick due to the knee harm. “I might by no means make it to the nationwide group, it’s robust, and he did it twice, as soon as on his expertise and the second time due to his braveness,” mentioned Naeem.
“He injured his knee following his debut for Pakistan, and for 2 years he battled with it, received a surgical procedure finished, and all through that point he was solely excited about getting again within the nationwide group. It was his dream, and he made all of us proud, even scored for Pakistan too. The folks in his village have been simply very happy with him.”
Naeem went on to elucidate that Ahmed was an enormous fan of the English Premier League and would often cheer for Chelsea FC, however surprisingly he preferred to include Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard’s strikes.
Lately, Ahmed didn’t get the prospect to play for Pakistan primarily as a result of since March 2015 the nation has not performed any worldwide event because of the infighting among the many Pakistan Soccer Federation (PFF) officers.
Ahmed had been an everyday at Lesco and Wapda groups. His coach Muhammad Habib feels that he has misplaced his favorite participant who simply can’t be changed. “My captain is gone, how else can I put it,” mentioned Habib. “He was my favorite pupil; he was at all times dependable and had one of the best expertise. He ate, slept, breathed soccer; I’d at all times see him speaking about soccer or discussing some match. He was extraordinarily passionate concerning the sport and that keenness made him much more selfless within the subject. He understood the significance of team-play and led the gamers in essentially the most skilled means.”
Ahmed was laid to relaxation in Faisalabad; he’s survived by his dad and mom, an elder brother and 4 sisters.