(MENAFN - Jordan Times) Veteran Egyptian football coach Mahmoud Al Johary, technical director of the Jordan Football Association (JFA) and adviser to HRH Prince Ali, died on Monday morning from a brain clot and cerebral haemorrhage.
JFA official Mohannad Mahadeen confirmed that the 74-year-old Johary had passed away at the Arab Medical Centre (AMC) in Amman.
Doctor Ossameh Attari, the technical director of the AMC, said that Johary was admitted to the hospital on Friday.
"He suffered from a cerebral haemorrhage, so he was provided with artificial respiration. On Monday, he passed away," Attari told The Jordan Times at his office.
Prince Ali, FIFA vice president for Asia and president of the JFA, expressed sadness over Johary's death.
"Above and beyond his achievements, what I truly admired about Johary was his strength of character, his principles and his composure under pressure; rare traits whether in the football world or otherwise," the prince wrote in a eulogy, a copy of which was sent to The Jordan Times.
"His humanity was unmatched in his service to others. He was a great adviser and a dear friend who would size me up as one of his own players; something I always looked forward to," Prince Ali added.
Extending his condolences to Johary's family, the JFA president indicated that the association would follow through on a five-year plan the coach had prepared for youth football development in Jordan.
Prince Ali, who visited Johary at the hospital on Saturday, recalled the coach's many accomplishments in both Egypt and Jordan, including taking Egypt to the 1990 World Cup for the first time in over 50 years and helping Jordan qualify to the 2004 Asian Cup for the first time in the Kingdom's history.
The prince also visited the coach's family and met with his wife.
After the news of Johary's death came out, many Jordanian and Egyptian football fans, officials and players went to the hospital to express their condolences.
Riziq Mohammad, an Egyptian sportsman who lives in Jordan, said that he was shocked when he received the news.
"Johary was a significant sports figure because his long experience helped the Egyptian clubs and the national team achieve great accomplishments," he told The Jordan Times outside the hospital.
Johary served as technical manager of Jordan's national team from 2002-2007 and rejoined the JFA in an advisory capacity in 2009.