'Maverick' goalkeeper's 'ridiculous' heroics leave fans in awe


Egyptian goalkeeper Mahmoud Gad is being hailed a "maverick" after footage of his extraordinary exploits sent world football into a frenzy.

Gad by no means appears to do things by the book as a haphazard five-second passage of play perfectly demonstrated midway through the first half against Pyramids FC.

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The ENPPI SC goalkeeper was left all at sea when he inexplicably raced out of his box to launch a diving header back down the pitch after a Pyramids long ball.

The decision to come out for the header was crazy enough but what happened next was absolutely bonkers.

Budding goalkeepers probably shouldn't attempt this play in a match. Pic: Time Sports
Budding goalkeepers probably shouldn't attempt this play in a match. Pic: Time Sports

Gad's header went straight to a Pyramids player near, who struck a sweet volley on goal from just in front of the halfway line.

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Stranded more than 10 metres out of his goal box, Gad took off in pursuit of the audacious long-range effort from his opponent.

The ball was destined for the back of the net until a desperate last-second dive from Gad saw the keeper divert the ball away for a corner.

It was one of the craziest sequences fans are likely to see at a football match, with Gad's heroics lighting up social media.

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Unfortunately for Gad, the extraordinary save proved one of few highlights for his side as ENPPI went down 4-0 to Pyramids.

However, the goalkeeper’s kamikaze play will not easily be forgotten.

Just don’t expect to see many other keepers adopting the Egyptian’s reckless yet infectious style of play any time soon.

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