Akhaa Ahli Aley FC

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Akhaa Ahli
Al-Akhaa Al-Ahli logo.png
Full nameAkhaa Ahli Aley Football Club
Nickname(s)الحصان الأسود (The Black Horse)[1]
Short nameAkhaa, AKH
Founded1962; 57 years ago (1962), as Akhaa Club
1990; 29 years ago (1990), as Akhaa Ahli Aley Football Club
GroundAmin AbdelNour Stadium
Capacity3,500
ChairmanAkram Chehayeb
ManagerAbdul-Wahab Abu Al-Hail
LeagueLebanese Premier League
2018–19Lebanese Premier League, 4th of 12

Akhaa Ahli Aley Football Club (Arabic: نادي الأخا الأهلي الرياضي عاليه‎, lit. 'National Brotherhood of Aley Sporting Club'), or simply Akhaa Ahli, is a Lebanese football club based in Aley. The club is supported by the Lebanese MP Arkram Chehayeb, who was the key person to ratify the merging of the two clubs Ahli and Akhaa in the city of Aley. The club languished in the Lebanese Second Division before returning to the Lebanese Premier League in the 2010–11 season, staying in the top flight ever since.

History[edit]

Origins: Akhaa & Ahli[edit]

Akhaa was first founded in 1962 by Adel Baz, who led the club till the early 1980s amid the Lebanese Civil War. The club obtained its license in 1966 and was close to promotion in 1971, failing to reach the Lebanese Premier League in the last match. The club halted its activities in 1982 during the Lebanese war and resumed in 1989.

Ahli Club was established in the 1970s by Ahmad Radwan, an educator and the owner of a school in Aley. Ahli Club obtained its license later and joined the Lebanese Third Division in 1987. Various players who would go on to play in the Lebanese Premier League played for Ahli Club, such as Walid Zeineddine, 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 and 1988.

Birth Of Akhaa Ahli[edit]

In 1990, Bahij Abou Hamzeh, the president of Akhaa, realized that promotion to the Lebanese Premier League would be difficult, so he decided to merge with Ahli Club. The merger added extra value to Akhaa Club as Ahli's team was full of young players of Aley, such as Zaher Andary, who represented the Lebanon national football from 1994 to 2001, Said Abu Muna and Raji Abi Said, who was elected captain of Ahkaa Ahli. Ahli's management found the merger to be of mutual interest as they needed physical and logistical support to get promoted to the Lebanese Second Division.

Promotion and stay in the First Division[edit]

Akhaa Ahli won the Lebanese Second Division in 1992. The team managed to hit excellent results during its stay in the Lebanese Premier League, especially in its first appearance. It returned to the first division in 2010, staying there ever since.

Club rivalries[edit]

Akhaa Ahli plays the Mountain derby with Safa,[2] as Akhaa is based in Aley, a city in Mount Lebanon, and Safa's support comes from the Druze community in Lebanon, who mainly live in the mountainous regions of the country.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 24 January 2019

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

No. Position Player
2 Lebanon DF Ali Bitar
3 Lebanon DF Shadi Skaff
4 Lebanon DF Nader Maroush
7 Lebanon DF Said Awada
8 Lebanon DF Mohamad Kourhani
9 Brazil FW Carlos Alberto
10 State of Palestine MF Mohamad Abou Atik (captain)
11 Lebanon MF Habib Choueikh
13 Lebanon GK Shaker Wehbe
No. Position Player
18 Portugal DF Carlos Lomba
20 Lebanon MF Mohamad Atwi
21 Lebanon Oussama Bou Fakherdine
22 Lebanon FW Karim Darwiche
23 Lebanon GK Radwan Kassab
31 Lebanon MF Sari Chehayeb
38 Lebanon FW Ali Merkabaoui
70 Lebanon Hassan Deeb
97 Lebanon Rabih Salha

References[edit]

  1. ^ "الأخاء الأهلي عاليه الحصان الأسود في الموسم الكروي 2018-2019!". An-Nahar. 30 April 2019. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  2. ^ "جولة دربي الجبل... وملامسة اللقب". Al-Joumhouria. Retrieved 2019-05-24.