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While with Maccabi Haifa players in Budapest: Ofir Sarfati's parents received the news of his death | Israel Hayom

2023-11-30T09:09:10.343Z

Highlights: While with Maccabi Haifa players in Budapest: Ofir Sarfati's parents received the news of his death. The club, which flew the family with the team to Hungary, began efforts to return them to Israel as soon as possible. Ofir was at the nature party in Re'im, at first they thought he was being held by Hamas, but his body was identified. Players in the team: "We were happy to see the family and wanted to do them some good, but then we got the news and it hurts a lot"


The club, which flew the family with the team to Hungary, began efforts to return them to Israel as soon as possible • Ofir was at the nature party in Re'im, at first they thought he was being held by Hamas, but his body was identified • Players in the team: "We were happy to see the family and wanted to do them some good, but then we got the news and it hurts a lot"


Maccabi Haifa had a difficult night in Budapest. Ofir Sarfati's family, who flew with the team to the game against Rennes, received word from the IDF that Ofir's body had been identified, and the club immediately began efforts to return them to Israel. Today (Thursday), the family will arrive in Israel ahead of Ofir's funeral, with the club promising to commemorate him as they will do with the rest of the murdered and fallen.

Ofir Sarfati, z"l, was with his girlfriend at a party in Re'im and according to testimonies he was wounded in an attack by Hamas terrorists and has since disappeared. Later it was believed that he was in the hands of Hamas in Gaza, and now, as stated, his body has been identified. These things came naturally to the players and staff before the game as well. "It's a painful reality," said the players, who added: "We were happy to see the family and wanted them to have some good in this impossible situation, but then we got this news and it hurts a lot."

In this atmosphere, preparations for the match against Rennes will continue. Coach Masai is expected to make a number of changes to the lineup. Rami Gershon is expected to get credit in the centre of defence along with Lorenzo Simic and Abdoulaye Seck in a three-man lineup. Maor Kandil and Suf Podgorano practiced on the wings in place of Pierre Cornu and Daniel Sundgren. This is a particularly wide rotation as already on Sunday there is another game against Hapoel Be'Sheva. Midfielder Capomena Shaw is expected to start after joining the team in Budapest, Mahmoud Jaber will start alongside him and in the front Dean David and Frantzdi Piero will play together.

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