Al-Ahly SC (Benghazi)

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Al-Ahly Benghazi
الأهلي بنغازي
Full name Al-Ahly Sports Cultural & Social Club
النادي الأهلي الرياضي الثقافي الاجتماعي
Nickname(s) The long journey (المشوار الطويل)
Founded 1947
Ground March 28 Stadium, Benghazi
Ground Capacity 55,000
Chairman Khaled Mohamed
Manager Nassaer ALakhdiri
League Libyan Premier League
2017–18 2nd
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 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.

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

Crest[edit]

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 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

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]

The club had 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

References[edit]

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