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Mali star Ousmane Coulibaly, 32, suffered a heart attack on the pitch and received urgent medical attention when the match was cancelled.

MALI star Ousmane Coulibaly suffered a heart attack during a match in Qatar.

The 16-shirt international played for Al Wakrah in their QNB Stars League clash with Al Rayyan.

Mali defender Ousmane Coulibaly suffered a heart attack during a match in Qatar

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Mali defender Ousmane Coulibaly suffered a heart attack during a match in Qatar
Ousmane Coulibaly spent 12 years playing football in Europe before joining Al Wakrah on the Qatar side.

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Ousmane Coulibaly spent 12 years playing football in Europe before joining Al Wakrah on the Qatar side.Credit: AFP

But in horrifying scenes, Coulibaly, 32, collapsed at the end of the first half.

Panicked medical staff rushed into the field and the game was temporarily halted.

After realizing the severity of the problem, the match was eventually abandoned, rewarded with a 1–0 win for Al Rayyan, who opened the scoring at the time of Coulibaly’s demise.

After the match, one tournament announcement confirmed Coulibaly – who spent 12 years playing football in Europe – had suffered a heart attack.

It read: “During the QNB Stars League match between Al Rayyan and Al Wakrah on Saturday, Ousmane Coulibaly suffered a heart attack requiring the intervention of paramedics and an ambulance present at the venue.

“It can be noted that the player is currently receiving the necessary care and medical attention.

“Qatar Stars League wishes the players a speedy recovery, and we would like to thank the medical staff of both teams, the medical staff and the doctors for their hard work during such events.

“Regarding the state of the match, it was agreed to finish it and finish the rest of time then start with the score when it was stopped (1-0 in favor of Al Rayyan).”

The Qatar Players Association quickly wished Coulibaly well.

They tweeted: “Get well soon Ousmane Coulibaly.”

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Huynh Nguyen

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