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The Afghan had been admitted to hospital after losing consciousness on the pitch and suffering a heart-attack...

In what is seen as heart-warming and welcome news, Farzad Ataee, a defender of the Afghan squad participating at the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship, has been discharged from hospital on Monday afternoon. This was bulletined by the All Nepalese Football Association (ANFA).

Farzad had collided with Nepali forward Anil Gurung in the Afghan goalmouth and lay unconscious for an extended period of time. It was then that players from both camp waved on the team physio who performed Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to revive him. He was then transferred by ambulance to a local nursing home, where the doctors diagnosed a mild heart attack.

In a confirmation of the news, SAFF general coordinator Narendra Shrestha confirmed to Goalnepal that the player was indeed discharged from hospital after a thorough check-ups had been completed.

“He was discharged from hospital this afternoon,” was all the coordinator chose to reveal.

Afghanistan meanwhile progresses to the finals of the SAFF Championship beating Nepal by a solitary goal, thanks to Sanjdar Ahmadi and will now meet defending champions India in the final of the tournament. Ataee is unlikely to be chosen for the match.

 

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