Mohamed Akid

Mohamed Ali Akid (5 July 1949[1] – 11 April 1979) was a Tunisian football forward who played for Tunisia in the 1978 FIFA World Cup.[2] He also played for CS Sfaxien and Al-Riyadh.[3] The official version was that Akid was struck by lightning during a training session at his Saudi Arabian club Al-Riyadh on 11 April 1979.[4]

Mohamed Akid
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Personal information
Full name Mohamed Ali Akid
Date of birth (1949-07-05)5 July 1949
Place of birth Sfax, Tunisia
Date of death 11 April 1979(1979-04-11) (aged 29)
Place of death Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1978 CS Sfaxien 307 (126)
1978–1979 Al-Riyadh
National team
1970–1979 Tunisia 52 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

The circumstances surrounding the death have fuelled a controversy between his surviving family and the authorities. After revolution, his family has requested for an autopsy to determine the cause of his death. The autopsy on 18 July 2012 confirmed the presence of two shots in his body and the son of Akid confirmed the implication of the Crown prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.[5]


  1. ^ "FIFA Tournaments - Players & Coaches - Mohamed AKID". Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  2. ^ 1978 FIFA World Cup Argentina
  3. ^ "Akid, Mohamed Ali".
  4. ^ Bellakkhdar, A. (11 April 1979). "Mort de Mohamed Ali Akid" (in French). Le Temps (Tunisia). Archived from the original on 23 April 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  5. ^ ابن اللاعب محمد علي عقيد يؤكد ان امير سعودي متورط في قتل والده [The son of Mohamed Akid confirms the implication of Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud] (in Arabic). 23 February 2013. Archived from the original on 25 February 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2013.