Jordan mourns football player and coach Rateb Al Awadat

Rateb Al Awadat has passed away aged 50. © Nasser Majali Facebook
Rateb Al Awadat has passed away aged 50. © Nasser Majali Facebook

Amman, Jordan, March 28, 2021: The Secretary General of the Jordan Olympic Committee, Nasser Majali, reported that football coach and former national team defender Rateb Al Awadat passed away on Friday, March 26. He was 50.

“We received with great sadness and regret the death of the Jordanian football player and coach,” Majali posted on his Facebook account.

The Asian Football Confederation President, Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, sent his condolences to the Jordan Football Association and the family and friends of Al Awadat.

The AFC President said: “On behalf of the whole Asian football family, please accept my heartfelt sympathies and condolences on the passing of Rateb Al Awadat.

“He will always be remembered for his passion for the game and his contribution towards Jordan football,” added Shaikh Salman.

Al Awadat was a reliable defender with Jordanian giants Al Faisaly and played an integral part of the club’s march to several domestic accolades. He was part of the Jordan national team which made their debut at Asia’s flagship national team competition – the AFC Asian Cup – in the 2004 edition in China.

After hanging up his boots, he achieved similar success off the pitch as coach with several clubs and eventually led Al Faisaly to several titles.