World Cup pundit Nadia Nadim has explained that she was taken off air during the broadcast after her mother was killed after being hit by a truck. The Danish striker is in Qatar working as a pundit for ITV, but left during Denmark’s 0-0 draw with Tunisia on Tuesday.
She has since revealed with a heartfelt message on Instragram that she left because her mother had been killed. “Tuesday morning my mother was killed by a truck. She was on her way back from the gym,” Nadim wrote. “Words can not describe what I’m feeling. I have lost the most important person in my life and it happened so sudden and unexpected.
“She was only 57. She was a warrior who had fought for every inch of her life. She didn’t give me life once but twice, and everything I/ we are is because of her. I have lost my home and I know nothings gonna ever feel the same.
“Life is unfair and I don’t understand why her and why this way. I love you and I will see you again. Her funeral is gone be soon, (more information to follow) Please come and show her the love , respect and prayers she deserves.”
As a child Nadim, her mother and four sisters fled Afghanistan after her father was killed, and settled in Denmark before she began her football career.
In Denmark she began studying medicine at Aarhus University with the aim to become a surgeon following her playing days, and qualified as a doctor this year.
Nadim has been supported by friends and fans on her post. Lioness Ella Toone commented: “Thinking of you.” While Pernille Harder added: “Nadi,” with several heart emojis.