Al-Ahly SC (Benghazi)

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Al-Ahly Benghazi
الأهلي بنغازي
Ahly libya logo 1947.gif
Full nameAl-Ahly Sports Cultural & Social Club
النادي الأهلي الرياضي الثقافي الاجتماعي
Nickname(s)The Long Journey
The Butchers
Founded1937, 1947 as "Al Ahly"
GroundMarch 28 Stadium
Capacity55,000
ChairmanKhaled Mohamed
ManagerMohamed Ouda
LeagueLibyan Premier League
2017–182nd
Current season

Al-Ahly Sports Cultural & Social Club (Arabic: النادي الأهلي الرياضي الثقافي الاجتماعي‎) known as Al-Ahly is a Libyan Sports club based in Benghazi, Libya. Al-Ahly SC has its roots in a political party, the Omar al Mukhtar society.

History[edit]

Al-Ahly SC Libya 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 headquarters and training complex 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 two big clubs.


Crest[edit]

Note: Alahly SC (Benghazi) is the only club in Libya which has a star in its logo before reaching 10 league titles.

Squad[edit]

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 Jawad Rizg
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

Staff[edit]

History[edit]

Former players[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Team captains since founding[edit]

Honours[edit]

1969/70, 1971/72, 1974/75, 1991/92
Runners-up (11): ( 1964/63 - 1969/68 - 1971/70 - 1973/72 - 1976/75 - 1985/84 - 1991/90 - 1996/95 - 1998/97 - 2009/08 - 2010/09 )
Semi-finals (7): 1963/64, 1975/76, 1982/83, 1984/85, 1985/86, 1990/91, 1995/96,
1985, 1988, 1991, 1996
1957, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1968, 1970
1950, 1951, 1954, 1956

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

2009 – First Round
1999 – First Round

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Xan Rice (25 May 2011). "Libya: A donkey taunt, the Gaddafis and a fatal footballing rivalry". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  2. ^ Col. Muammar al-Gaddafi, His Son and the Politics of Libyan Soccer Bleacher Report, 23 February 2011
  3. ^ Ahly squad at HTCI.ly Archived 1 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine (in Arabic)

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