The squash community in Egypt is very saddened to lose a
dear person and friend, Atef Khalifa, who passed away
yesterday at the age of 50.
Atef was an excellent player at all ages, from junior to
veteran and also a great doubles player. Atef was a member
of the Egyptian National Team in 1989. He also served for
many years as one of the National Junior Squad Coaches.
Throughout the years, despite Atef's age, he was well
renowned for his youthful looks and physique. Most of all,
he was known for his very gentle character, his willingness
to please, and readiness for a smile and a laugh.
We miss him very much and always will. Allah rest his soul
Hesham El Attar
Atef was very special person and coach, I grew up playing in
Gezira club watching him competing at the highest level of
squash. his game was different than anyone else. I can't
tell how hard this news especially on me, ss I used to see
Atef in Gezira club almost every day. He has been such an
outstanding coach and player and most importantly great
Friend. we will always remember his great smile and his
kindness. There is no doubt in my mind, it will be very hard
to go to the Gezira club without seeing or drinking tea at
the squash courts as we used to do.
May god bless his sole in peace.
TIFA, you will always be remembered.
I was shocked and horribly saddened to hear the news of ATEF
KHALIFA’s passing. I feel privileged to have known such a
wonderful person. There are so many qualities that he had;
kind, generous, cool and calm, exceptionally gifted and his
beautiful nature reflected in his endearing smile that was
always on. They are far too numerous to recount and will be
sadly missed by us. He also touched the lives of so many
others and gave them the gift of many happy memories,
especially me. I extend my heartfelt condolences to his
Sara El Noamany
Atef, I can't find the words that express my deep sadness
for losing such a real friend like you. Away from being an
excellent player and coach, you have always been an example
for kindness, gentleness, youthful looking. You have touched
the hearts of every one who knew your simple and friendly
nature. Atef, I am definite, no one from the Egyptian squash
community will ever forget you. We'll miss your presence
with us, but you'll always be in our minds and thoughts. May
God rest your soul in peace.
I was SHOCKED to hear the
terrible news! I can't believe we lost such a wonderful
person. I can still remember going every morning to play
with him, but finding him smiling and watering the flowers
instead. He used to show me another side of reality, things
we don’t really see; we generally tend to ignore… the beauty
of nature! Even though the squash garden was very tiny, he
could spend his whole day watering and taking care of it.
He used to tell me that he always wished to have a huge
garden; he didn’t mind living in a tiny room, but surrounded
by a vast garden…
Tifa you taught me things I never knew and could have never
learnt without you…
I’ll miss your smile, your kindness and your simplicity in
dealing with - what we think are – serious matters of life…
I just hope you now have a great and wonderful garden.
the day before he passed
away "Friday" a friend told me he was sick to death, i didnt
even know that he was sick he never showed or even tell.
this day i was shocked but i didnt expect his death was
going to be that soon =( . i wish i had the chance to say
goodbye or call him one last time. captine atef khalifa was
a wonderful person such a kindheart. i knw him since i was 4
i dont really remember seeing him sad or mad at someone. i
used to act in a very stupid way when i was a child and he
used to make me laugh when reminding me of what i used to
do. i really hope he is in a better place now and feeling
much better isA may GOD bless him and may his soul he rest
Rest in Peace Coach Atef Khalifaa
I ♥ u awiii n I'LL MISS U :(
Heba El Torky
we will miss you all
Match Point Squash Academy
Well I can't find any words to say. Am really sad you were a
great coach father and friend. You helped me a lot in my
squash and especially in my last world open as I learned
from you a lot. I already missed you. You always had a smile
on your face were we will all miss I hope you are in a
better place now. May god rest your soul in peace.
Nour el sherbini
I and all of the employees in the Egyptian Squash Federation
will miss you.
May Allah rest your soul.
Egyptian Squash federation
He was so
nice, very kind & a great coach! He will be missed.