Theyab Awana

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Theyab Awana
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Personal information
Full name Theyab Awana Ahmed Hussein Al Musabi
Date of birth (1990-04-08)8 April 1990
Place of birth Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Date of death 25 September 2011(2011-09-25) (aged 21)
Place of death Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1999–2007 Baniyas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2011 Baniyas 37 (4)
Total 38 (4)
National team
2004–2007 United Arab Emirates (U-17) 12 (2)
2007–2009 United Arab Emirates (U-20) 47 (8)
2010–2011 United Arab Emirates (U-23) 8 (1)
2009–2011 United Arab Emirates 9 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 September 2011.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 September 2011

Theyab Awana Ahmed Hussein Al Musabi (Arabic: ذياب عوانة‎;‎ 8 April 1990 – 25 September 2011), commonly known as Theyab Awana or Awana Diab, was an Emirati footballer who played as a winger for Emirati Pro-League club Baniyas and the UAE national team. His playing style and ability drew comparisons to former Emirati international Zuhair Bakhit, who himself declared "Theyab Awana is my successor in the stadiums."[1]

Club career[edit]


2009–10 season[edit]

Theyab started the season in great form, despite his return from the FIFA U-20 World Cup. On 17 October 2009, Coach Lotfi Benzarti surprised everyone that Theyab would be playing against Al Nasr. However, Theyab scored his first goal for the club in the match, and the first of the UAE Premier League, on 23 October 2009 against Al-Ahli Theyab played as the match ended in a 1–0 win for the Ban Yas. On 30 October 2009, he assisted two goal for Modibo Diarra, and scored his second goal of the Season against Al-Jazira on 6 November 2009 after rounding the defense and drilling the ball into the net with skill. The match was considered one of the best matches he ever played. on 24 November 2009 he played against Al Wahda in the UAE President Cup. However, Bani Yas lost 4–0 and were eliminated. On 30 November 2009 he play against Al-Shabab, and was playing a good game, but the coach replaced him at the end of the second half to be replaced by Haboush Saleh because Theyab said felt tired and fatigued. On 5 December 2009 he played against Al Dhafra. He assisted one goal for André Senghor in the 2nd minute and the match ended 1–0. On 30 December he played against Al Ain FC in the Etisalat Emirates Cup, and scored a goal in the second half.

International career[edit]

FIFA U-20 World Cup[edit]

In the first match for the UAE U-20 national team in the FIFA U-20 World Cup, Theyab played. While the team was left 2–0 down to South Africa within the first half, Theyab and the players did not surrender and in the first minute of stoppage time Hamdan Al Kamali converted a penalty to make the score 2–1. Then, just as it looked like they were still going to lose, in the third minute of stoppage time, Theyab scored from a cross from Ahmed Ali to snatch a last-minute equalizer for the UAE before the final whistle a few seconds later.[2]

Senior squad[edit]

Theyab was called up for the senior squad for the first time for the friendly match against Manchester City on 12 November 2009. He came in as a second-half substitute but did not impress. Despite this, he was still named in the squad the UAE International Cup 2009 on 16 December where they played against the Kuwait which was to be the farewell match for Kuwaiti player Ali Abd Redha. Theyab came on in the second half, but the match ended 0–0.

Penalty incident[edit]

Theyab was brought to worldwide fame for the penalty kick scored with a back-heel in a friendly match against Lebanon on 17 July 2011. In the 78th minute, with the score at 5–2, a penalty was given to the UAE team, and Theyab was instructed to take it. Halfway through his path to the ball, he turned around and kicked the ball into the goal with his right heel. The coach reacted badly on the effort, and Theyab was immediately subbed off for the bad reception he received for the penalty. The incident was brought to prominence after a video of the effort was put on YouTube, and currently has over 2,700,000 views. The match ended 6–2 for the UAE.[3]

Gulf Olympic Teams Cup 2010[edit]

Theyab played in the opening match against Saudi Arabia. He was substituted by midfielder Haboush Salbukh in the 78th minute. The match ended 1–0 for United Arab Emirates.


Awana died on 25 September 2011 in a car accident in Abu Dhabi.[4] According to reports, the accident happened at the Sheikh Zayed Bridge when he was returning to Abu Dhabi from Al Ain after the end of a training session for the national team. The report stated he was using his phone at the time of the accident. Awana died at the scene.[5][6] Rumors appeared that stated that his brother was with him in the car during the time of the accident, and entered the intensive care unit before dying several hours later. However, Baniyas SC denied this rumor.[7]

He was buried on Monday, 26 September 2011, immediately after the Asr prayer In the Baniyas graveyard in Shamkha, Abu Dhabi. He was only 21 years old.[8]

Career statistics[edit]


As of 28 May 2011[9][10][11]
Club Season League Cup President Cup Champions League Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Baniyas 2007–08 10 0 0 10 0 0
2008–09 15 3 0 15 3 0
2009–10 19 3 0 19 3 0
2010–11 18 2 4 1 0 0 19 2 4
Career totals 62 8 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 63 8 4


As of 26 August 2011[11]
United Arab Emirates national team
Year Apps Goals
2009 2 0
2010 3 0
2011 4 2
Total 9 3
Theyab Awana: international goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 November 2005 Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium, Al Ain  Syria 2–0 Win 2006 AFC U-17 Championship qualification
2. 18 July 2006 Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium, Abha  Kuwait 2–0 Win 2006 Under 17 Gulf Cup of Nations
1. 24 October 2007 Thamir Stadium, Al-Salmiya  Kuwait 5–1 Win AFC Youth Championship 2008 qualification
2. 8 November 2008 Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam  Saudi Arabia 0–1 Win AFC Youth Championship 2008
3. 27 September 2009 Alexandria Stadium, Alexandria  South Africa 2–2 Draw 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup
1. 11 November 2010 Yingdong Stadium, Guangzhou  Uzbekistan 3–0 Win 2010 Asian Games
1. 2 January 2011 Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium, Al Ain  Syria 2–0 Win Friendly
2. 17 July 2011 Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium, Al Ain  Lebanon 6–2 Win Friendly[12]
Source: Awana Goals



  1. ^ "Zuhair Bakhit: Theyab Awana is my successor in the stadiums". United Arab Emirates: Al Khaleej. 1 November 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Theyab Awana Restore UAE Hope in FIFA U-20". United Arab Emirates: Khaleej Times. 27 September 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "United Arab Emirates football player Theyab Awana dies in a car crash while driving to Abu Dhabi". Australia: Fox Sports. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "UAE and Bani Yas player Theyab Awana dies after car accident". United Arab Emirates: Sport 360. 26 September 2011. Archived from the original on 7 October 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Theyab Awana dies in car accident near Abu Dhabi". United Arab Emirates: The National. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Bani Yas club denies the rumor of the Awana brother death". United Arab Emirates: Al Ittihad. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Theyab Awana mourned by thousands at funeral". United Arab Emirates: The National. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Theyab Awana Al Musabi Career Stats". UAE Pro-League. 
  10. ^ "Player – Theyab Awana Ahmed Hussein Al Musabi". scoresway. 
  11. ^ a b "Theyab Awana". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. 
  12. ^ "Backheeled penalty by UAE's Awana Diab may be punished". The Guardian. London. 19 July 2011. 

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