Former Palestinian midfielder killed when bomb hits his Gaza home

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014,17:36 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Ahed Zaqout, a former Palestinian national team player, has been killed by an Israeli bomb that hit his apartment in Gaza, Palestinian medical officials said today.    Palestine has lost one of its best players, he may have been the best midfielder we ever had, Gaza sports journalist Khaled Zaher told Reuters.    Neighbours and medics who rushed to Zaqout’s apartment said he was killed yesterday while sleeping in his bed. The 49-year-old was not known to belong to any particular political entity and had never expressed clear political  views.    The fair-haired midfielder captained the junior national side and turned out once for the full national team in 1994 in a friendly against a team of French stars that included Michel Platini.    More recently, Zaqout turned to coaching and hosted a sports show on national Palestinian television.