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Al-Wakkrah defender Ousmane Coulibaly has heaped praised on Al-Rayyan star James Rodriguez after the former Everton star played a prominent role that helped him survive cardiac arrest last weekend.

Al-Wakkrah defender Ousmane Coulibaly was playing against James’ Al-Rayyan when he collapsed in front of the goal during the first-half. The Colombian midfielder was seen adjusting the head of the 32-year-old to allow him to be able to breathe before the medical team arrived to continue the treatment.

On Thursday night, Coulibaly posted an image of him in hospital recovering from the life-threatening illness and paid tribute to James for his quick thinking in difficult circumstances.

Coulibaly captioned the post: ‘On January 9 2022, I suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch just before end of the first-half. Many teams of people helped to revive me straight away after my collapse.

‘Thanks to God and the work of those heroes, I was saved. Thanks to James Rodriguez who made the first move to adjust my head. Also to (Al-Wakkrah team-mate) Saoud Al-Khater who quickly signalled the medical team on.’

In his post, Coulibaly went on to thank the hospital staff that treated him, his Al-Wakkrah team-mates and the clubs, players and officials from the Qatari Stars League who gave him messages of support since his collapse.

The game was temporarily halted before the severity of the situation led to its eventual abandonment with the scoreline 1-0 to Al Rayyan at the time of Coulibaly’s collapse.

James Rodriguez made the first timely move to save Coulibaly

After the match, a statement released by the league confirmed Coulibaly had suffered a cardiac arrest.

‘During the QNB Stars League match between Al Rayyan and Al Wakrah on Saturday, Ousmane Coulibaly suffered a heart attack which required the intervention of medical and ambulance staff present at the venue,’ a short statement read.

‘It may be noted that the player is currently receiving necessary medical care and attention.

‘The Qatar Stars League wishes the player a fast recovery, and we would like to thank the medical staff of both teams, paramedics and doctors for their great efforts during such events

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‘Regarding the status of the match, it was agreed to end it and complete the remaining time later starting with the score when it was stopped (1-0 in favour of Al Rayyan).’

The game was rescheduled for Monday and Al-Rayyan won 3-0 including two goals from James to keep them eighth in the table.


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