Al-Akhaa Al-Ahli Aley
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|Full name||Al-Akhaa Al-Ahli Aley|
|Ground||Amin AbdelNour Stadium – Bhamdoun – Lebanon (Capacity: 3,500)|
|Chairman||Ali Abd Allatif|
|Head Coach||Samir Saad|
|League||Lebanese Premier League|
Al-Akhaa Al-Ahli Aley ( Arabic pronunciation: الاخاء الاهلي ) is a recognized football club headquartered in Aley, Lebanon. The club buttressed by the MP Arkram Shehayeb who was the key person to ratify the confederation of the two main clubs (Ahli & Akhaa) in the City of Aley. The club languished recently in the Lebanese Second Division before returning to the Lebanese Premier League in the 2010-11 season.
History of the two main clubs (Akhaa & Ahli)
Akhaa was first found in 1962 by Adel Baz and lead by Adel Baz till the early 1980s amid the Lebanese civil war. Baz immigrated to USA during the war of Lebanon and returned in the early 1990s, he is currently retired and broadly supporting the team. The club obtained its license in 1966 and was bordering on to be promoted to the first division in 1971 but failed in the last match. Akhaa had the privilege to organize the Cup Of Aley City contest several times especially in 1972 & 1974 crowned by Safa Beirut SC. The club halted its activities in 1982 during the Lebanese war and resumed in 1989.
Ahli Club was established in the 1970s by Mr. Ahmad Radwan, an educator and the owner of a school in Aley. Mr. Radwan immigrated to Canada in 1990 and he died in 2009. The Ahli club obtained its license later and joined the Lebanese Third Division in 1987. Ahli club was remarked with lots of star players in the Lebanese Premier League at that time such as, Walid Zeineddine List of Druze#Sports, Fouad Sayegh, Riad Al Halabi, Yazeed Halimi and others. Ahli club was ranked first in the American University of Beirut football cup twice in a row in 1987 & 1988.
Birth Of Al-Akhaa Al-Ahli
In 1990, Bahij Abou Hamzeh, the president of Akhaa, realized the difficulties lying behind the second rise after 10 years of disconnection. He initiated merging the team with Ahli Club to procure a jump start to the Lebanese Premier League. This step formed an added value to Akhaa club as Ahli team replete with its young native homegenous players of the city such as Zaher Andary who represented the Lebanon national football from 1994–2001, Said Abu Muna and Raji Abi Said (goal keeper) who was chosen the captain of the team amid merging. Ahli management found the merging would be of mutual interest as they need physical & logistical support to get promoted to the Lebanese Second Division. Ultimately, the confederation succeeded in 1990.
Aley is a beautiful city falling on the southern mountain threshold of Lebanon's coastal capital, Beirut. Aley's geographical location and mild weather allowed organizing huge day-and evening activities attracting tourists from Arab states of the Persian Gulf and making it one of the vivid urban towns in Lebanon. Unbriddled fans of Akhaa Al-Ahli have always dreamt to see their team active in the Lebanese Premier League. The dream was turned into reality in 1992 through the joint determination of a vast array of the city's stalwarts in Feb 1992 paving the players' path to notch the final game vs Tadamon Tripoli 1-0.
Achievements of Akhaa Ahli
Success streamed in the nascent team. Akhaa Ahli crowned the cup of the Lebanese Second Division championship in 1992, It was the only recognized achievement, however the team was imposing its young spirit rhythm on the Lebanese football playgrounds. The team managed to hit excellent results during his stay in the Lebanese Premier League especially in its first appearance. Its tenacity and lively energy convulsed the strongholds of deep rooted football teams in the Lebanese League. This allowed football critics to name the team BLACK HORSE.
Current Board Members
- Ali Abdel Latif - President
- Wael Akram Shehayeb - General Secretary - member of the Lebanese football association executive committee
- Maher Baz - member
- Farid Fakhereddine - member
- Elia Moukarzel - member
- Fares Kobeissi - member
- Albert Khoury - member
- Wissam Bou Ghanim - member
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.