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Hockey legend Mansoor Ahmed’s sad demise left fans mournful

The champion goal-keeper who used to save penalties to give achievements to his country lost from a heart disease. Pakistan's World Cup-winning hockey hero Mansoor Ahmed died Saturday of heart failure after fighting the disease for years.

Mansoor Ahmed was laid to rest in Karachi and former Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan leader Amir Khan and hockey star Islahuddin attended his funeral. However, no government officials were seen.

49-years-old, Mansoor Ahmed had been suffering for weeks from complications stemming from a pacemaker and stents implanted in his heart after undergoing a major surgery in 2016. Since then, his condition started deteriorated and couldn’t stable till he breathed last.

Mansoor put out to rival country India for a heart transplant and was reportedly hesitant to carry out a surgery in Pakistan. He wished to travel India and Indian hospital Fortis had offered Mansoor a free heart transplant, but doctors in Karachi warned he would not be able to travel due to his weakening condition, a close friend of Mansoor told AFP.

The goalkeeper and former captain made his name in the 1994 World Cup final in Sydney with a penalty stroke save against the Netherlands for Pakistan to win 4-3 on penalties. That was Pakistan’s third and last world cup till date won by Mansoor Ahmed.

Mansoor represented Pakistan in 338 internationals from 1986 to 2000. During his career, he won gold medals in the Asian Games, World Cup and Champions trophy. He played in three Olympics, winning a bronze medal in 1992, and carried Pakistan's flag at the 1996 Atlanta opening ceremony.

The Pakistan hockey fraternity was shocked at the sad departure of the goalkeeper who won many a match for his country.

"Almighty Allah blesses the departed soul with eternal peace and grants courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss," Pakistan Hockey Federation president Khalid Sajjad Khokhar and secretary PHF Shahbaz Ahmed said in a joint statement.

Former Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi, who visited Mansoor while he was ill and offered him free treatment, tweeted, "today the Nation mourns a true hero."

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Hockey legend Mansoor Ahmed’s sad demise left fans mournful

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