RIP Awana Diab – star of the back heel penalty

It was just over two months ago that we were the first English language website to feature Awana Diab’s crazy back heel penalty that went viral across the world wide web. (Original article here.)

So it is with great regret that news has come through of Awana Diab’s death at the age of 21 after he was involved in a car accident on Sunday night.

Diab had been training with UAE’s 2014 World Cup squad in Al Ain ahead of the team’s qualifier with South Korea on October 11.

According to reports, Awana Diab died instantly when the car he was driving collided with a lorry. His brother, who was also in the vehicle, is now in intensive care.

The winger was hoping to be a part of the UAE team that appeared in the London Olympics next summer and had been part of the Under 18 side that won the AFC U18 Championship in 2008, and the UAE’s squad at the Under 20 World Cup in Egypt in 2009.

RIP Awana Diab.

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