Al-Merrikh SC

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This article is about football club based in Omdurman, Sudan. For football club based in Port Sudan, Sudan, see Al-Merreikh Al-Thagher.
Al-Merrikh SC
Al-Merrikh SC (logo).png
Full name Al-Merrikh Sporting Club
Nickname(s) Al-Zaeem (The Leader)
The Red Devils
Al-Ahmar Al-Wahhag
Founded Initially as Al-Masalam in 1908 – November 14, 1927
Ground Al-Merrikh Stadium
Omdurman, Sudan
Ground Capacity 43,645
President Mohamed Musa
Manager Otto Pfister
League Sudan Premier League
2013 1st place
Website Club home page
Current season

Al-Merrikh Sporting Club (Arabic: نادي المريخ الرياضي‎) is a Sudanese football club based in Omdurman, Sudan. Their home stadium is Al-Merrikh Stadium. Which is locally known as The Red Castle. Al-Merrikh is one of the oldest football clubs in Africa. El-Merrikh have won the Sudanese Premier League title 18 times.

Club history[edit]

Al-Merrikh was founded as Sport Club of Al-Masalma in late 1908 by pupils from Al-Masalam district in Omdurman and was then renamed as Al-Merrikh Football Club in 1927. The club was the winner of the first Sudanese football championship in 1934, Al-Merrikh wears their original red and yellow kit although the original one had some black. There is a historical rivalry between the two strongest clubs in Sudan, Al-Merrikh and Al-Hilal. Both clubs are based in Omdurman, the old national capital of Sudan with Al-Hilal with the most wins in the Sudan Premier League of the two teams and Al-Merrikh won the most Sudan Cups out of the two teams. The first match between Al-Merrikh and Al-Hilal was in 1934 when Al-Merrikh defeated Al-Hilal 2–0. The two goals scored in the match were scored by Al-Zain Haiba, the Al-Merrikh striker. The match is known historically as The Match of the Green Grass Market, since there were no stadiums at that time and the match was held in the famous square of Omdurman, the national capital of Sudan. During day time the square was used by green grass sellers and football matches were played in the afternoons. Today, the match is still very famous and it was the actual start of rivalry between the two very famous Sudanese football clubs

Name and meaning[edit]

Al-Merrikh is the Arabic word for planet Mars. They were the first club to have this name in Sudan and Arab world.


Primarily, Al-Merrikh competes in the Sudanese Premier league, Sudan's top football league. Based on the club's end-of-season standing, it competes in the African CAF tournaments including African Champions League and/or African Confederation Cup.

Al-Merreikh Stadium[edit]

Al-Merreikh Stadium Works on the stadium first started under the club's chairman Mr. Fahmy Suliman who appointed a young engineer Mr Abdelmonim Mustafa to structure a map to build a modern stadium. The engineer who is a known Merrikh supporter handed a piece of art inspired by Moscow stadium in Russia and he did the whole job for free.

The stadium was opened over 2 stages. The first stage was opened in 1962 before the construction work finished to host some governmental celebrations and that was by match between Al-Mourada and Al-Hilal won by the former.

The second stage was completed 2 years later and the stadium was officially opened by the Sudanese Prime Minister Sir El-Khatim Al-Khalifa on Monday 30 November 1964 to be the first club with own stadium in Africa.

In 2003, Al-Merrikh chairman Mr. Jamal Al-Wali and his board decided to upgrade the stadium and increase its capacity to the current 42,000 seats with costs of more than 10 million dollars and when opened in 2009 the stadium became one of the best in the African continent and is now the home stadium of Sudan national team.

Upgrades are still taking place and an Olympic swimming pool is currently under construction next to the stadium with a view of building a full sports city.


Al-Merrikh SC had some crests in its history.

Al-Merrikh daily sports newspaper[edit]

Al-Merrikh SC daily newspaper was first published in 1965 in Khartoum. As of today, it is the oldest sport newspaper in Sudan.


National titles[edit]

Al-Merrikh was the winner of the first official cup in Sudan (1934)

Champions (19): 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974 (2nd Half), 1975, 1977, 1978, 1982, 1985, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2011, 2013
Winners (24): 1954, 1959, 1962, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013
Champions (20): 1953–54, 1955–56, 1961–62, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1978–79, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1995–96, 1996–97

International titles[edit]

Runner-up (1): 2007
Winners (1): 1989
Winners (3): 1986, 1994, 2014
Runners-up (3): 1987, 1988, 2009
Winners (1): 1987

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

Participated 31 times in all CAF championships

(2 times withdrew – 7 times First Round – 7 times Second Round – 1 time Quarter-Finals – 1 time Group Stage)

(1 time as Finalist – 1 time Quarter-Finals – 1 time Intermediate Round – 1 time Preliminary Round)

(1 time First Round)

1993 – First Round

(1 time Winner – 2 times semi-finals – 1 time Quarter-Finals – 3 times Second Round – 3 times First Round)

2014 Squad in Sudan.

Current (2014)[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Sudan GK Ehab Mohammed Zoghber (on loan from Al-Ahli Khartoum)
2 Sudan DF Ali Gafer
3 Sudan FW Mohamed Hanno
4 Sudan MF Ala'a Eldin Yousif
5 Ivory Coast DF Serge Wawa
6 Sudan DF Ahmed Abdalla
7 Sudan DF Ahmed El-Basha
8 Sudan MF Abdulatif Magdi
9 Sudan MF Abdu Mohamed
10 Kenya FW Allan Wanga
11 Sudan MF Raji Abdel-Aati
12 Sudan DF El-Sidig Adam Ismail
13 Sudan FW Abdulrahman Karongo
No. Position Player
14 Canada DF Mazen Osman
15 Sudan DF Khamis Mohamed Bakhiet
16 Uganda GK Jamal Salim
17 Mali MF Bassirou Bamba
18 Sudan MF Mohamed Ankba
20 Mali FW Mohamed Traoré
21 Sudan DF Amer Kamal Suleiman
23 Sudan MF Abaker Mohamed Ahmed
24 Sudan MF Faisal Agar
25 Nigeria DF Malik Isaac
27 Sudan DF Faisal Hussein
28 Egypt DF Ayman Said
29 Sudan FW Ramadan Alagab
30 Sudan GK Mohamed Ibrahim


Football sector Administrator[edit]

Current Coaches[edit]

Team Doctor[edit]

Managerial history[edit]

Updated: July 2014.[3]

Notable former players[edit]

Presidential history[edit]

Al-Merrikh have had numerous presidents over the course of history, none of them was owner of the club, although the land on which the current stadium was owned by Abdularahman Shakhour, some of the presidents have been honorary players. Currently Gamal Alwali is the chairman. Here is a complete list of Al-Merrikh club presidents from 1927 until the present day.

Famous matches[edit]

  • First Derby : Al-Merrikh 2–0 Al-Hilal – 1934 – The Match of the Green Grass Market (Soog Algash) – Omdurman
  • Al-Merreikh 6–2 Al-Hilal – 1948 – Education day cup – Omdurman
  • Al-Merreikh 7–0 Al-Hilal – 3/09/1955 – Friendly – Khartoum
  • Al-Merreikh 3–5 Honvéd – 1956 – Friendly Match – Omdurman
  • Al-Merreikh 3–1 Asante Kotoko – 1962 – Friendly – Khartoum
  • Al-Merreikh 14–1 Alamir – 1966 – Khartoum League – Omdurman
  • Al-Merreikh 0–0 Egypt national football team – 1979 – Friendly – Khartoum
  • Al-Merreikh 2–0 Nigeria national football team – 1988 – Friendly – Khartoum
  • Al-Merreikh 2–0 Asante Kotoko – 2007 – Friendly – Khartoum
  • Al-Merreikh 0-2 FC Bayern Munich - 2014 - Friendly - Doha (Qatar)


  1. ^ "Sudan – List of Champions". Hans Schöggl and RSSSF 1999/2011. 12 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Sudan – List of Cup Winners". Hans Schöggl and RSSSF 1999/2011. 12 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "22 مدربا تناوبوا على تدريب المريخ فى العشر سنوات الماضية". sudanafoogonline. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 

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