Al-Merrikh SC

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Full name Al-Merrikh Sporting Club
Nickname(s) Al-Zaeem (The Leader)
The Red Devils
Al-Ahmar Al-Wahhag
Founded Initially as Al-Masalmah in 1908 – November 14, 1927
Ground Al-Merrikh Stadium
Omdurman, Sudan
Ground Capacity 43,000
President Gamal Al-Wali
Manager Luc Eymael
League Sudan Premier League
2015 Sudan Premier League, 1st
Website Club website

Al-Merrikh Sporting Club (Arabic: نادي المريخ الرياضي‎‎) is a Sudanese football club based in Omdurman. Their home stadium is Al-Merrikh Stadium, which is locally known as The Red Castle. Founded in 1908, Al-Merrikh is one of the oldest football clubs in Africa, and have won the Sudan Premier League 16 times and Sudan Cup 14 times. Al-Merrikh means Mars in Arabic. The club share a fierce rivalry with Al-Hilal, the games between them regularly selling out, as well as being the only other realistic challenger to the league crown. Al-Hilal are also based in Omdurman with only Al-Ardha street separating the teams and between them they are Sudan's most powerful and successful football clubs.

Club history[edit]

Al-Merrikh was founded under the name of Al-Masalma Sporting Club in 1908 by students from Al-Masalmah district in Omdurman of Gordon Memorial College. The club renamed as Al-Merrikh Sporting Club on 14 November 1927.[1]

See also[edit]

In 2015 Al-Merreikh signed South Sudanese player Aluck Akech from Malakia after Aluck played with South Sudan against Mauritania for 2018 World Cup qualifications.[2]



National titles[edit]

Champion (16): 1971, 1972, 1974, 1977, 1982, 1985, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015
Winners (14): 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

International titles[edit]

Winners (1): 1989
Winners (3): 1986, 1994, 2014


Champion (17): 1954, 1956, 1962, 1966, 1968, 1972, 1975, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

Participated 36 times in all CAF championships

Performance in UAFA Competitions[edit]

1988 – Group stage
1994 –Group stage
1998 – Withdrew
2002 –Preliminary Round
2003-04 – First Round
2005-06 –First Round
2006-07 –First Round
2007-08 –Second Round
2008-09 –Second Round
2016-17 –
1992 –Group stage
1997 –Preliminary Round

Performance in CECAFA Competitions[edit]

1985 –Third Place
1986 –Champion
1987 –Runners-up
1988 –Runners-up
1994 –Champion
2009 –Runners-up
2011 –Third Place
2014 –Champion

Current squad (2016–17)[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Sudan GK El Muez Mahgoub
2 Sudan GK Ehab Zoghber
3 Sudan GK Atef Abdallah
4 Sudan FW Bakri Al-Madina
5 Sudan DF Ahmed El-Basha
6 Sudan DF Ahmed Abdalla
7 Sudan DF El Rayah Maki
8 Sudan DF Omer Bakhit
9 Sudan DF Ali Gaffar
10 Sudan DF Ala'a Eldin Yousif
11 Sudan DF Bakhit Khamis
12 Sudan MF Ragei Adbdalla
13 Sudan MF Ramadan Agab
No. Position Player
15 Ghana FW Francis Coffie
16 Sudan DF Balla Gabir
18 Sudan FW Abdu Gabir
19 Sudan MF Ahmed Abakar
21 Ghana MF Augustine Okrah
22 Sudan DF Mosaab Omer
23 Sudan Shadi Abdelrahman
27 Ivory Coast FW Didier Lebri
30 Nigeria FW Solomon Jabason
42 Sudan MF Magdi Abdelatif
44 Egypt MF Ayman Saied
60 Sudan FW Mohamed Traoré
99 Sudan FW Mohamed Marhoum
17 South Sudan FW Aluck Akech

Managerial history[edit]

Updated: July 2014.[3]

Presidential history[edit]

Al-Merrikh have had numerous presidents over the course of history, none of them was owner of the club, although the land on which the current stadium was owned by Abdularahman Shakhour, some of the presidents have been honorary players. Currently Gamal Alwali is the chairman. Here is a complete list of Al-Merrikh club presidents from 1927 until the present day.


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