Ali Ahmed Cleared By Hospital, Returns To Team
Last night’s Canadian Championship clash between Pacific FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps saw a gut-wrenching moment when young left-back Ali Ahmed lost consciousness following a hard and awkward landing on the turf.
With paramedics quickly on scene, the game took a pause for seventeen minutes as the youngster – who had just scored a minute prior – laid motionless, was attended to, and eventually stretchered off to an awaiting ambulance and sent to the emergency department of Victoria General.
Thankfully, an update from the Vancouver Whitecaps has confirmed that the hospital conducted a full examination, clearing Ahmed to travel with the team back to Vancouver following his concussion and momentary lack of consciousness on the pitch.
Ahmed has made fourteen appearances for the Whitecaps this season, with the 22-year-old enjoying a breakout season after moving upwards from the club’s MLS Next Pro side.
While his brutal-looking fall put a hold and damper on the match, officials resumed play and the Whitecaps ultimately bested Pacific by a score of three-nil.
That means Ahmed’s club marches on to their second consecutive Canadian Championship Final. Having won last year’s against Toronto FC, they’ll now face CF Montreal for the trophy next month.
Header Image Photo Credit: John Jacques