Former Emirati national football team head coach Mahdi Ali has suffered significant injuries in an accident in Thailand. The 57-year-old was transported to the hospital after a Saturday motorcycle accident. Shabab Al Ahli of the UAE Adnoc Pro League is coached by Ali.
Mahdi was riding a motorcycle alone in Koh Samui when the accident occurred, according to Ghabbash Ali, a friend of Ali’s who is with Ali in Thailand, who spoke to Sharjah TV.
Mahdi was by himself when the tragedy happened, thus the specifics are yet unknown. He had fractures in his face, arm, and hands when we arrived at the hospital’s emergency room, he told the channel.
Because the medical resources on the tiny island were limited, “his situation was serious and we needed to airlift him from the island to Bangkok.”
“The embassy of the UAE promptly sent a private plane to transport him to Bangkok. The treatment will take time even though he is stable.
He is currently unable to speak due to severe facial bruises and breathing assistance. His club stated that they were thinking about him.
The statement read, “The Shabab Al Ahli Club family wishes Mahdi Ali a safe return to his own country and a rapid recovery.”
Mid-to-late 1980s player Ali managed the UAE national team from 2012 to 2017. He had previously worked as an assistant coach during the 2000s.
In the nation’s debut, he led the UAE Olympic team to qualification for the London Summer Olympics in 2012. Since 2017, when Dubai CSC, Al Shabab, and Al Ahli were combined to form Shabab Al Ahli, he has served as the club’s head coach.