Al-Ahly SC (Benghazi)

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Al-Ahly SC
النادي الأهلي
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Full name Al-Ahly Sports Cultural & Social Club
Nickname(s) The long journey (المشوار الطويل)
Founded 1938 (1947 as "Ahly Benghazi" )
Ground March 28 Stadium, Benghazi
Ground Capacity 55,000
Chairman Aref ِAli Al Nayed
Manager Tarek Thabet
League Libyan Premier League
2013–14 5th
Current season
Active departments of Al-Ahly Benghazi
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Al-Ahly Sports Cultural & Social Club (Arabic: النادي الأهلي الرياضي الثقافي الاجتماعي‎‎) is a Libyan football club based in Benghazi, Libya. Mohammed Bashir Al-Mogherbi was the first president of the club. Al-Ahly Benghazi has its roots in a political party, the Omar al Mukhtar society.

The club won 5 cups in a successful period from 1980 to 1996. Al-Ahly Benghazi was made a professional football club in 1947, although they had existed years before then. Al Ahly is the most supported club in Benghazi and is famous in Libya for its passionate, loyal and sometimes violent crowds, who stood by the club through frustrating times.

In 2000, the club's stadium was demolished by the Libyan government, supposedly destroying records, trophies and medals of the club.[1] The demolition was allegedly carried out in response to Al-Ahly fans insulting Saadi Gaddafi by dressing a donkey in a shirt baring his squad number, but other sources pointed to the burning a few days before of the Libyan Football Federation offices in Benghazi by angry Al-Ahly fans as the matter.[1][2] The club was then given an indefinite ban which lasted until 2005. Saadi Gadafi had denied all the allegations.[1]

The club has been given 77 acres (310,000 m2) of land for a new ground by the Libyan Jamahiriya government, although it cannot afford to develop it. Al Ahly is one of the biggest clubs in Libya, and along with Tripoli's clubs, the most prevalent in Libya.

Ahly Benghazi have the second largest football popularity in Libya.[citation needed] It has a big amount of fans in Libya. There are about 1 million Ahly Benghazi fans in the country.[citation needed]


Current squad[edit]

The 2013–14 season[3]

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

No. Position Player
1 Libya GK Wisam El Boudi
2 Libya DF Tarek Al Gamal
3 Libya DF Hamed Snousi
4 Libya DF Ibrahim Al Abaidy
5 Libya DF Ahmed Al Alwani
7 Libya MF Hussein Al Idrissy
8 Nigeria FW Victor Namo
9 Libya FW Moataz Al Mehdi
11 Zimbabwe FW Edward Sadomba
13 Libya DF Hashim Bin Dallah
14 Nigeria MF Moses Orkuma
15 Egypt MF Ahmed Eid (on loan from Zamalek)
No. Position Player
16 Libya GK Ahmed Al Ammari
17 Libya MF Hussein Sultaan
18 Libya MF Farag Mbarak
19 Libya FW Ahmed Zuway
20 Libya FW Mohamed Bettamer
21 Libya MF Moataz Ben Amer (captain)
22 Libya GK Walid Al Dirsi
23 Nigeria MF Solomon Jabason
24 Libya DF Abdelrahman Fetori (vice-captain)
25 Libya DF Ahmed Muftah
27 Libya FW Ali Awgaly
–– Cameroon MF Léandre Tawamba



Former players[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Team captains since founding[edit]


1969/70, 1971/72, 1974/75, 1991/92
Runners-up (11): 1963/64, 1968/69, 1970/71, 1972/73, 1975/76, 1984/85, 1987/88, 1998/99, 2008/09, 2009/10
Semi-finals (7): 1963/64, 1975/76, 1982/83, 1984/85, 1985/86, 1990/91, 1995/96,
1988, 1991, 1996
1957, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1968, 1970
1950, 1951, 1954, 1956

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

The club have 3 appearances in African Cup of Champions Clubs from 1971 to 1976 and 2 appearances in CAF Champions League from 2010 till now.

2009 – First Round
1999 – First Round


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