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Top Pakistan sportsperson mourn Mansoor death

Press Trust of India  |  Karachi 

Pakistan's top sporting stars have all bemoaned the death of celebrated goalkeeper, Ahmed and expressed sadness he was not given proper treatment at the right time.

Pakistan's former and coach, in a message said it was a matter of concern that a like passed away in such conditions.

It is sad could not be treated at the right time for his condition, Waqar said.

The who appeared in 338 internationals for passed away on Saturday at a hospital in Karachi, after pleading to be sent to for a

Pakistan's flamboyant all-rounder and former captain, who led a campaign through his foundation for Mansoor's treatment, minced no words in expressing disappointment at the absence of leading government officials and other sports luminaries at Mansoor's funeral held on Sunday evening.

It is a national shame that a top like Mansoor passed away in such sad circumstances, Afridi told the media after the funeral. Me and my foundation did our best to ensure something is done for the Olympian but his death didn't give us the time, he lamented.

Afridi said death was a fact of life but the circumstances in which Mansoor passed away was sad.

Mansoor was a for youth and besides his goalkeeping heroics, he was a down-to-earth human being and regularly used to financially help needy players, he said.

He said it was regrettable that no was present at the funeral.

The and members of the team in also sent condolence messages for Mansoor with terming his death as a big blow to

He was our hero when we were young and we savoured his heroics for Pakistan and celebrated his skills. We are all sad to hear about his passing away, he said.

Mansoor had been pleading for the last few weeks to be sent to Chennai, for a and also appealed to the to issue him a visa on humanitarian grounds.

Despite a top Indian agreeing to help Mansoor, no one from the stepped in to help the how spent his last few weeks in hospital in ailing condition.

Mansoor, who became a household name in 1994 after heroic saves in shootouts against and Holland in and Cup finals.

Surprisingly, number of former Olympians and teammates, who never bothered to visit the hospital and see Mansoor also came out with statements after his death terming it as a big loss to Pakistan and raised concerns over the circumstances in which he passed away.

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 22:45 IST
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